MLK Week

Come together as a community, serve others and learn through MLK Week events on all three University of Washington campuses.

Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15

Black History 101 Mobile Museum: The Signature Series

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mary Gates Hall Commons

The exhibit is called The Signature Series and features over 150 original signatures of historical figures from as early as Wentworth Cheswell (1814), the first Black elected public official in the United States to Serena Williams, eight time #1 ranked tennis star.  The photographs, letters, magazines, and other ephemera reflect African American contributions and achievement in the fields of science, sports, education, religion, politics, art and entertainment.  This material will be juxtaposed to artifacts seen as disturbing and offensive showing the harsh reality of the countless historical obstacles African Americans have faced and continue to face in this society.

Monday, January 14

“The Truth Hurts: Black History, Honesty, and Healing the Racial Divide”

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Mary Gates Hall 171

Lecture by Khalid el-Hakim, curator of Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Tuesday, January 15

MLK Birthday Party

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Mary Gates Hall, Suite 171
4 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Ethnic Cultural Center

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.! We’ll have birthday cake, celebratory music, opportunities to engage with MLK’s legacy through conversation, #UWMLKWEEK swag, and t-shirt pick-up for those who registered for a Day of Service project through the United Way of King County.

Wednesday, January 16

Black Power Mix Tape Movie Screening

6 – 8 p.m. | Ethnic Cultural Center, Black Room

Join the Black Student Union membership for a screening of Black Power Mixtape. Dinner will be provided.

Othello-UW Commons Open House Celebration

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Othello-UW Commons

Save the date for an open house in celebration of the new Othello-UW Commons, a learning and collaboration space for faculty, staff, students and community partners. Enjoy live music, local food, and fun activities.

Classes, workshops, study hours, and special events start in January. Learn more at

Thursday, January 17

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

12:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Hogness Auditorium | 1959 NE Pacific Str. Seattle, WA 98195

hosted by UW Health Sciences and UW Medical Center

We will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King and honor UW staff, faculty, and students for outstanding community service. There is a permanent plaque in the Health Sciences Lobby honoring all of the past and present Distinguished Service Award recipients. This is the 20th annual celebration. This year, we’ll have a special panel discussion about the role of health equity in serving the community.

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How We Got Here: The History & Impact of Immigration into the United States

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Othello-UW Commons | 4200 SE Othello Street, Seattle, 98118

hosted by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Speaker: David Fenner, Affiliate Faculty, Jackson School of International Studies

Sunday, January 20

Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition Youth Committee Hip-Hop Show

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m | Langston Hughes Center

Hip-Hop event featuring youth performers organized by MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition Youth Committee. All ages welcome for this lively event where performers bring light to the issues of the day through song, dance, and spoken word. Refreshments will be served.  Youth performers are encouraged to consider performing.

Monday, January 21

MLK Seattle: Community Celebration, Resource Fair, Rally, and March

Times vary and start at 8:30 a.m. | Garfield High School

The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition presents the 37th Annual MLK Day Celebration with the theme: affirmative action = JUSTICE”.

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.         Career and Opportunity Fair
9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.         Workshops
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Rally in Gymnasium
12:30 p.m. – TBD         March
TBD                              Rally at March Destination

All events are free! A collection will be taken in the Gymnasium. Additional details will be posted on the event website. Find us on Facebook or at #MLKSeattle

MLK Day of Service

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Various locations

Each year, the University of Washington — in partnership with United Way of King County — hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, an event that engages nearly 3,000 volunteers in day-long service projects throughout King County. These projects provide vital people-power to organizations that support our county’s most vulnerable populations.

Register for service projects, as a group or as an individual, through Thursday, January 11, by visiting the United Way of King County volunteer website!

Tuesday, January 22

Let’s Talk About Anti-Blackness Within Our Respective Communities

 5 – 7 p.m. | Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room 2

What is Anti-Blackness? Why is it happening in our communities? How can we be the change to end Anti-Blackness in our communities? Join us in thoughtful conversation about the issues of anti-blackness within our community, culture, and daily life. We will talk about what it looks like and how we can find solutions on a personal and general scale. Snacks will be provided!

This event is organized by the ASUW Joint Commission Committee and sponsored by the Ethnic Cultural Center and the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center.


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