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OPINION: Odessa Brown and the Torch of Dignity

by Dr. Ben Danielson


Odessa Brown, the namesake of a pediatric clinic in Seattle, would have had her birthday on April 30. She was born in 1920 and died in 1969, too young by any measure. She had leukemia, and I think it’s fair to add that racism accelerated her passing. It is just as true today as it was in the 1960s: Black women and men are more likely to have more advanced cancers at diagnosis and are more likely to die from them than white Americans with similar cancers.

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OPINION: Seattle’s Enduring Connection to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by Larry Gossett


The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally will take place on Monday morning, Jan. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at Garfield High School.

Please remember that the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition, as always, desires that as many people as possible join us for the 40th straight year that we are hosting a community salute and tribute to MLK Jr.’s marvelous effort to bring about racial and economic justice for all people in the United States.

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OPINION: The Movement for Black Lives Honors the Radical Legacy of John Lewis

by Wendy Elisheva Somerson


I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Klu Klux Klanner [sic], but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action; who paternalistically feels that he can set the time-table for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season. Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

—Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

As a longtime Jewish activist for racial justice I was appalled, embarrassed, and saddened by Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s op-ed in the Seattle Times, which, echoing the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., reeks of devotion to order over justice. Supported by other local religious leaders, the op-ed misuses the legacy of John Lewis to attack and chastise brave local activists in the Movement for Black Lives here in Seattle.

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Seattle’s Martin Luther King Jr Day March and Rally Through the Years

by Emerald Staff

Photojournalist Susan Fried has been covering Seattle’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day for decades. This retrospective is just a few of her photos of the annual MLK Jr. March and Rally. Continue reading Seattle’s Martin Luther King Jr Day March and Rally Through the Years

Letter to Dr. King

by Georgia McDade

Dear Dr. King,

Your eyes are seeing and ears hearing what the Lord had in store for you. Your heart is full of what God had in store for you.

In the 52 years since your death much has happened.  One time I say you know all about what has transpired; other times I say I’m glad you were not here to see. One of the biggest inventions is the smartphone.  It is a massive computer that we hold in our hands. Its information is at our fingertips. The most amazing feature for me is the countless facts I can get in a few seconds. Continue reading Letter to Dr. King

El Centro Unveils Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Susan Fried

El Centro de la Raza to unveiled and dedicated a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Plaza Roberto Maestas on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. The bust was a gift from the sculpture Jeff Day.

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Reflecting on the Education and Diversity of the Annual MLK March and Rally

by Georgia S. McDade

It was great to be at Garfield High School for the 37th Annual MLK Day Rally and March January 21. Thousands of people were present for the half a day of activities around the theme “Affirmative Action = Justice: Equal Opportunity in Education, Jobs, Contracts.”

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PHOTOS: Seattle and King County Mark MLK Day With Call for Action

story and photos by Susan Fried

King County has the rare distinction of being named for Martin Luther King Jr. While many streets bear the name of the minister, orator, and social justice leader, King County remains unusual in naming an entire region after him. So it makes sense that Seattle and King County hold dozens of celebrations honoring King’s contributions to the continuing fight for social and economic justice in the United States.

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32 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 Events In Puget Sound

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission. South Seattle Emerald’s “This Weekend in South Seattle” has a listing of events throughout the weekend.)

The 32nd Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and there are plenty of volunteer events, marches, and memorials to honor the civil rights leader happening around Puget Sound.

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Non-Violence in a Violent World

by Ijeoma Oluo

This is a transcript of a speech delivered at the 45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2018. The event was sponsored by Seattle Colleges, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.

Like many black children, I was raised with tales of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of that narrative — at home, in school, in television and in film — centered around Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence in his fight for racial equality. Continue reading Non-Violence in a Violent World