The Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition celebrates “40 Years of Continuing King’s Mission”
by Susan Fried
After two years of being unable to use Garfield High School due to pandemic restrictions, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition took full advantage of access this year. On the 40th anniversary of the MLK March and Rally on Monday, Jan. 16, the coalition hosted a jobs fair, workshops, and a huge rally in the high school gym. The weather turned out to be beautiful for the thousands of people who marched from Garfield, with a brief stop at the King County Juvenile Detention Center, to Jimi Hendrix Park by the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) where another small rally was held.
People who had participated in the march could also explore NAAM, which officially reopened, after an almost three-year closure. The museum has three new exhibits including “A Long Walk to Hope,” by Susan Fried, a show dedicated to the history of the MLK March, one of the longest-running and largest celebrations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy in the Pacific Northwest.
Susan Fried is a 40-year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits, and commercial work — plus, she’s been The Skanner News’ Seattle photographer for 25 years. Her images have appeared in the University of Washington’s The Daily, The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut, and many more. She’s been an Emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @fried.susan.
📸 Featured Image: From left to right: Keimani Leonard, Alexis Mburu, and Josias Jean-Pierre lead the march from Garfield High School to Jimi Hendrix Park, Monday, Jan. 16, the 40th anniversary of Seattle’s celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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