MLK Week

Below you’ll find information and links to a variety of campus and community events to honor the MLK, Jr. holiday, allow reflection on shared history, and offer opportunity to deepen personal commitments to present-day justice movements. We are doing our best to keep these events updated in light of developing public health guidance; please reach out to highlight any outdated information.

Monday, January 10 to Monday, January 17

2022 King Holiday Observation

The King Center offers a variety of accessible programming for a national audience. Teach-ins, panel discussions, youth focused events, and The Beloved Community Awards. Please visit the King Center website for event and registration details.

Tuesday, January 11 to Saturday, January 15

Virtual Workshops hosted by Seattle MLK Coalition

Please see website for schedule and preregistration details

Wednesday, January 12 to Friday, February 25

UW Tacoma MLK Celebration: Poster Exhibit

9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday | Snoqualmie (SNO) Lobby, UW Tacoma

A series of poster celebrating the legacy and history of Martin Luther King Jr. and his quest for racial equity.

Thursday, January 13

UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity Tribute Website

site goes live at 12PM |

Sunday, January 16

Youth Event hosted by Seattle MLK Coalition

2:00-4:00PM | virtual, see website for details

Monday, January 17

Virtual Career Fair

8:30-10:30AM | see website for details

Vaccine and Booster Clinic

9AM-1PM | Garfield High School parking lot

In partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC and Public Health-Seattle King County, the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) will host a vaccine and booster clinic, a Knowledge is Power Books and Balls Giveaway, and a Hygiene for Humanity Supply Drive as part of the Seattle MLK Coalition’s rally in the morning at Garfield High School. The first 100 people to get a vaccination or booster shot will receive two tickets to a Sounders game. No registration required. First come, first serve.

Community Rally and March (socially distant)

11AM (Rally); 12:30PM (March begins) | Garfield High School parking lot

Every year, the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition does what they can to tell our civic leaders that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is alive and well–2022 is no different! Please see the event website for important details about this year’s event. Find us on Facebook or at #MLKSeattle.

Virtual King Day Program, presented by the Northwest African American Museum

2:00-3:30 PM and 7-8:30PM | Register through NAAM website

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is honored to present a line-up of civil rights children’s stories read by local community leaders along with powerful music, dance, and spoken word poetry performances. Internationally renowned poet Nikki Giovanni will join us and provide inspiring remarks on the significance of cultural expression and hope in reflection of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Free registration online.

There will be no formally organized Day of Service for the MLK Holiday in 2022.

Tuesday, January 18

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day with the Washington State History Museum

9AM to 5PM | virtual event

Be sure to stop by sometime throughout the day to celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Arts Live, Write 253 and Valencia Carroll Families through virtual activities and performances, including Get on the Bus and Ruby Bridges.

Wednesday, January 19

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

11AM to 4PM | UW Tacoma, Snoqualmie 170

featuring a lecture by Dr. Khalid El-Hakim at 12:30PM

This exhibit includes artifacts from the transatlantic slave trade through the Black Power and Black Arts movements to show how hip hop has drawn inspiration from the past to create a distinct cultural contribution that has a global impact on popular culture. Event is hosted by the UW Tacoma Office of Equity & Inclusion.

Advancing Racial Equity: A Conversation with Clint Smith

6:00-7:30PM | virtual, preregistration required

Join our partners at the United Way of King County for an evening of virtual conversation about advancing racial equity in our community. Clint Smith is an educator, poet, and New York Times bestselling author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America. Smith will be in conversation with local experts specializing in African American history in our region. Tickets are available online.


To request disability accommodation for any of these events, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.