People nationwide will remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday and honor his civil rights activism and leadership.
Pierce County residents have a variety of options for marking the occasion:
▪ Martin Luther King Jr., Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2016 Interfaith Service.
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The ceremony will honor all of the previous recipients from the awards ceremony for the Civil Rights Honor Roll. It will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Urban Grace, 902 Market St. in Tacoma.
▪ Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Change: 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.
The keynote speaker will be William Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs. He will headline the event at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway in downtown Tacoma.
Doors will open at 10 a.m.; the event starts at 11 a.m.
The event will include music, dance and poetry that highlight the strength, resiliency and creativity of young men of color, according to the city’s website.
The Emergency Food Network will accept nonperishable food donations for the MLK food drive. For more information, go to bit.ly/1Zom0jX.
▪ A post-MLK celebration discussion, “Flip the Script.”
The youth-led, adult-supported community conversation will be about recognizing young men of color as community assets.
It will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma’s William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave. The event is free, but limited to 300 attendees.
To register, go to 253flipthescript.eventbrite.com.
▪ Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring.
The event from 9 a.m. to noon at Point Defiance and Wapato parks will be hosted by MetroParks. Volunteers are invited to spend the holiday cleaning their parks. For more information, go to bit.ly/1JNFdJS.
▪ MLK Breakfast: The Spirit of Justice in a New Generation.
The 10th annual event will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and his civic leadership.
Keynote speaker Keith Beauchamp will give the address during the event, which will begin at 8 a.m. at the University Y Student Center, 1710 Market St., Tacoma. Admission is $10 to $20.
▪ Special MLK day of service.
Volunteers are invited to work at the McLane Creek Nature Trail. The work party will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the cleanup from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Call 360-867-2167 or go to bit.ly/1JNGyAy for more information.
▪ The Washington State History Museum will offer free admission throughout the day and several events honoring King. Go to bit.ly/1J9gWLT for full details on those programs.
The 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the University of Puget Sound.
Hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X will speak. He uses his music to address issues ranging from tea party politics to the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose death ignited racial tension nationwide.
The free event will begin at 7 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall. Go to pugetsound.edu for more information.