MLK Week

Many events have gone virtual in 2021, but there are still plenty of ways to mark the MLK Day holiday this year!

January 12-16

Virtual Workshops hosted by Seattle MLK Coalition

times vary, see website for schedule and details

Instead of preceding the rally and march on Monday, January 18th, workshops will take place over a series of days during the week preceding MLK Day.

Thursday, January 14

Where do we go from here?

A website in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, recognizing members from our own community who have committed themselves to lives of service. Although this year we cannot all gather together in the same room, we have created this website to continue our tradition of sharing inspiring stories, powerful music, and an overwhelming sense of hope and unity.

2021 Distinguished Service Award: Estell J. Williams M.D.

Sponsored by the UW Health Sciences Administration & University of Washington Medical Center

Monday, January 18

Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble: Community Rally and March (socially distant)

Rally begins at 11 a.m., March begins at 12;30 p.m. | Garfield High School

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–2021 is no different! Please see the event website for important details about this year’s event. Find us on Facebook or at #MLKSeattle.

Tuesday, January 19

Attack on the Capitol — What Does It Mean for Democracy?

5:30–7 p.m. | Livestream webinar, no RSVP required | Free and open to all

In honor of Martin Luther King Week, join us for an online panel discussion with Jackson School and Political Science Department faculty on what the recent attacks on the U.S. Capitol and across the country in reaction to electoral vote certification may mean for democracy.

More information and link to the webinar available here.

Thursday, January 21

Philanthropy & Advancing Racial Equity (Virtual Panel)

6:00 p.m. | Virtual Event, registration required

The United Way of King County invites you to join this virtual panel discussion around how philanthropy can be a good way to move racial equity forward.

There is no formally organized Day of Service for the MLK Holiday in 2021.

While we will not gather for projects this January, we remind you that service can (and should) look different during the pandemic. Taking inspiration from our students, we remind you that service can be anything that brings joy to others–it can look like preparing a meal for your family, babysitting your siblings or young people in your bubble, donating to a local mutual aid effort, delivering food to elders, or hosting a virtual space to unpack and heal generational trauma. We hope you find ways to serve in honor of Dr. King’s legacy, even in the absence of a formally organized event.


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.