Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 with the Y
Published: January 14, 2019, at 9:56 a.m. PT
Last updated: January 18, 2019, at 11:54 a.m. PT
CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ON JANUARY 21, 2019
YMCA of Greater Seattle invites you to join us for our Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us for a MLK Day March & Rally:
11:00 am Meet us at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) for a pre-march rally
12:30 pm MLK march through downtown begins
Dr. King Jr. was once just another kid at the Y.
Before he won the Nobel Peace Prize, before he delivered his world-changing “I have a dream” speech, and before he became an ordained pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr. was just another kid at the Y.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember the lasting impact he had as a civil rights leader. As we remember him, we know that the work is not done. "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream," Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his immortal speech. The Y is working to combat racism still present in our society and create programs and opportunities that help all people thrive.
At the YMCA of Greater Seattle, we are motivated to continue growing programs that are dedicated to empowering all people to reach their full potential.
Our Board of Directors recently voted to update our equity statement to highlight the Y's priorities:
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.
It is with this lens that we guide the programming that expands opportunities for all people, specifically marginalized communities. Through African American Females' Weekend and African American Males' Weekend at Camp Colman, celebrating heritage months, inclusion specialists at Camp Colman and Orkila, and accessible membership for all, we are working to engage, empower and inspire individuals.