January 21: The 25th Anniversary of the City of Tacoma Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

From Marya Gingrey, City of Tacoma Human Rights Manager:
“As you prepare to enjoy your three-day weekend. Please take a moment to remember that this is a three-day weekend in recognition of Monday’s National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join the City of Tacoma in the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Clayborne Carson, Executive Director of the Dr. King Education and Research Institute at Stanford University as our keynote speaker. Dr. Carson is an Author and Professor who marched with Dr. King in the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his famous I Have A Dream speech fifty-years ago this year. He was commissioned by the King family to publish Dr. King’s papers and he was instrumental in the design of the Dr. King Memorial in Washington D.C. Dr. Carson will share new insights into Dr. King the man, Dr. King’s dream and Dr. King’s legacy. He will be signing his newly released book Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the event.

The Celebration will also feature a photography exhibit from Bernard Kliena, a Walk Through History Exhibit from Mark Anthony Smith, and an opportunity to interact with over 20 City Departments and City funded community service providers. Also, Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab will be on-site interviewing Celebration attendees about how Dr. King’s legacy has impacted them.

Please share information about this event and please join in the celebration. This Dr. King National Day of Service is an opportunity for our community to re-commit to Dr. King’s principles and ideals that changed the world!

Attached to this e-mail is information about the City’s event and about other events honoring Dr. King that are happening throughout our community this weekend. Please find a way to serve and a way to make a difference!

Thank you for making this community what it is today!”

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