Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Pierce County

January 19, 2014 

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

2:30 - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Urban Grace Church, 902 Market Street, Tacoma.

Keynote speaker: University of Puget Sound professor Dexter Gordon.

Performances will feature a new theatrical creation from C. Rosalind Bell, spoken word, African drumming and group singing civil rights-era songs. Awards will be presented for individual long-term service toward social justice. A reception will follow with a resource fair and refreshments.

The event is sponsored by The Conversation group, Associated Ministries and Urban Grace Church.

More information: or call the church at 253-272-2184.

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast

8-10:30 a.m. Monday.

(Doors open 7:30 a.m.)

University of Washington Tacoma, William W. Philip Hall.

Keynote speaker: Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of the lead plaintiff in landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. She'll speak on "Freedom to Learn: 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education."

Advance tickets: $15 for general admission, $10 for UWT students, and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Tickets are $20 at the door, space permitting.

More info:; 253-692-4501

Community march

8 a.m. Monday

Community members can meet for refreshments at the Bates Technical College downtown campus cafeteria at 11th Street and Yakima Avenue. They will march to the city of Tacoma celebration at the convention center.

A shuttle will return marchers to the downtown campus following the city celebration at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 253-680-7113

City of Tacoma Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday. (Doors open 10 a.m.)

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway.

Admission is free, and free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the convention center, at Pacific Plaza Garage (1125 Commerce St.) and at Park Plaza North (923 Commerce St.)

On-street parking is also free for the holiday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring food bank donations for the Allen A.M.E. Church food drive.

The theme for the 26th annual celebration, which is expected to draw 2,000 to 3,000 people, is Youth Continuing the Legacy.

Keynote speaker: Eric Boles, a Tacoma resident and former NFL player, currently president of training and consulting firm The Gamechangers.

Also: The South Sound MLK Mass Choir, Bob Williams of Living Voices, Tacoma poet laureate Lucas Smiraldo, Pacific Lutheran University's step team and Lincoln High School's drumline.

The celebration will be broadcast on TV Tacoma.

Following the celebration, the city's Human Rights Commission will join the Tacoma Urban League, Black Collective, Tacoma Ministerial Alliance and the NAACP in a conversation about racial equality. Attendance at the 1:30 p.m. event in the convention center's rooms 315 and 316 is limited to 200 people.

"Tacoma Civil Rights Project"

Washington State History Museum.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, free admission.

Playing continuously: "Tacoma Civil Rights Project: Remembering Our Past, Reshaping Our Destiny, " a film produced in partnership with the Tacoma Civil Rights Project

3 p.m. at the museum, "Becoming Bridges, " a multimedia theatrical presentation featuring the story of Ruby Bridges, the first-grader who helped integrate Louisiana schools in the 1960s. Includes the words of Martin Luther King Jr, Langston Hughes and other notable human rights pioneers.

"Victory is in the Struggle, " a talk by Carlos Munoz

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, University of Puget Sound, Schneebeck Concert Hall

Munoz, professor emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, was the founding chairman of the first Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles, in 1968. His book, "Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement, " talks about the origins of the movement. He was an adviser to the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign, an anti-war advocate and a member of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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