Leaders invite public to Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

January 5, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012

King County leaders and employees plan to pause for the 25th year to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The public is invited to join county employees at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle for the noon Jan. 12 celebration. (The federal holiday to honor King is observed Jan. 16.)

Speakers at the celebration include County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chairman Larry Gossett and former King County Councilmember Bruce Laing, a leader in the effort to rename the county for King.

The celebration includes musical performances by Abráce, a Seattle-based group meant to foster intercultural understanding through music, and the reunited MLK Employee Singers. The group of county employees has performed at previous celebrations.

The event’s theme is “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” and county employees reflected on the statement. Participants plan to share some of the reflections at the event.

The event also features the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Award ceremony, a contest sponsored by the King County Civil Rights Commission.

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