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MLK Day Celebration, Jan. 18

Join in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and share in his vision and dream. You'll enjoy a full afternoon of entertainment that recall the ideas and legacy of this great civil rights leader.

The City of Seattle and Seattle Center invite you to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, “Re-Envision the Dream,” an afternoon of entertainment and reflection on how we uphold the dream now that we have our first African-American President of the United States, Monday, Jan. 18, 12 noon – 5 p.m. in Center House. The Celebration takes on a youth focus this year with a full afternoon of activities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (see Program Highlights below). The MLK Youth Peace Awards and MLK Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Awards will also be presented.

Don’t miss the Legacy of Leadership Art Exhibit in Harrison Street Gallery on the third floor of Center House.  It features visual works by artists selected by the CD forum and youth artists selected by Seattle Center from schools throughout the metropolitan area. There will also be a Legacy of Leadership Exhibit on the mail floor, comprised of MLK award recipients of the past nine years who have been invited to display the amazing work that they do throughout the year.

Program Highlights

12 noon – Welcome by Debrena Jackson-Gandy, Emcee
12:05 p.m. – Performance by the Chinese Arts & Music Association Youth Orchestra
12:25 p.m. – Performance by Evergreen Glee Club
12:40 p.m. – National Anthem led by Evergreen Glee Club
12:45 p.m. – Black National Anthem performed by the EriAm Sisters
12:50 p.m. – Dramatic Reading of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, by Marcel Davis
1:10 p.m. – Vocal performance by EriAm Sisters
1:20 p.m. – Welcome by Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams &  Introduction of Mayor Mike McGinn
1:30 p.m. – Presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Awards led by Evan Fowler, 2009 Peace Award
Nominee; and presentation of the MLK Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Awards led by Mariko Lockhart,
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
1:45 p.m. – Multicultural dance performance by Kentridge Multi-Cultural Club/Kentridge High School
2 p.m. – Legacy of Leadership Student Discussion Panel led by Eddie Moore, Jr.
2:30 p.m. – Spoken word and Hip Hop by Power of Hope
2:45 p.m. – Power of Hope  – Spoken Word – Khatsini Simani and Hip Hop – Paris Randall
3 p.m. – MusicianCorps – Seattle/Arts Corps
3:15 p.m. – Northwest Tap Connection
3:30 p.m. – Revolutionary Forum – performances presented by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas:
Roberto Ascalon, Ela Barton, Yonnas Getahun – Spoken Word
Sean Hopps and Diana Garcia-Snyder – Classical Guitar & Dance Duet
Sankofa Sings – A cappella Women’s Ensemble  
4:15 p.m. – Total Experience Gospel Choir

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration is presented by Seattle Center Productions.. For more information on this and other Seattle Center events and activities, visit or call 206-684-7200.