The Spokane MLK Day City-Wide Rally and Unity March
will be held today, Monday, January 16, 2017.This year’s events will include
a city-wide rally, march, resource fair, a Black History 101 Mobile Museum, blood drive and entertainment. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m.
This year in order to enter the convention center, participants must undergo a security screening, and are asked to arrive early to allow sufficient time for the security screening.Guest Speakers
include Spokane Mayor David Condon, Dr. Beck A Taylor, President, Whitworth University, Phil Tyler, President, NAACP and a redemption of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech by Reverend Happy Watkins. After the rally and Unity March
through the streets of downtown Spokane,
For more information,
- A Resource Fair will occur in Exhibit Hall B (same place as the rally) of the Convention Center. Social Services and non-profit agencies will be available to provide information and community resources to participants.
- The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop, will be available for viewing featuring the Martin, Motown and Michael – 3 M’s Exhibit-The Connection: Motown Records recorded and released MLK’s The Great March to Freedom speech in 1963. Michael Jackson’s life and music was a reflection of MLK’s philosophy of an integrated America. The Exhibit: Rare photos, albums, magazines, posters and other memorabilia. The 3M’s exhibit celebrates the legacies of three of the most influential icons in American history. The museum is sponsored by Whitworth University.
- Inland Northwest Blood Center will host a blood drive for participants wishing to donate or signup for a later date. Every day Inland Northwest Blood Center needs 200 donors to ensure a safe supply of blood. January is National Blood Donor month.
- The Community School Drummers will perform African and Afro-Cuban rhythms and Grant Elementary School Drummers and Dancers will perform as well. All the activities will take place until 2:00 pm.
Spokane Convention Center
Exhibit Hall B