King County leaders honor civil rights hero Thursday

January 12, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

King County leaders pause Thursday to celebrate the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The county celebration at The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle features musicians, poets and a keynote address from Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a research director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The festivities start at noon Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. The 5th Avenue Theatre is located at 1308 Fifth Ave.

(The federal holiday to honor King is Monday.)

The county Civil Rights Commission has also recognized three eighth-grade students in a yearly essay contest to recognize King. The contest encourages students to think about King’s legacy of peace and justice.

The county celebration includes a presentation of the top essays.

King County has emphasized ties to the civil rights leader in recent years.

The county uses a graphic of King as a logo. County Council members adopted the logo — and agreed to phase out the former crown emblem — in March 2007. The council voted to designate King as the county’s namesake in 1986. The change took effect in 2005 after ratification from the Legislature.

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