Black Heritage Committee invites you to its annual MLK community celebration

The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee presents The Greater Everett Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

Day 1: Sunday, January 17, 2021
5:30 P.M.-7:00P.M.
A Virtual Celebration
Mill Creek Foursquare Church
1415 164th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98087

Day 2: Monday, January 18, 2021
11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.
Drive-By Parade & Rally
Beginning, Snohomish County Court House, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. Everett Ending, Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street Everett WA 98201

For more than 30 years, The Greater Everett Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration has provided an opportunity for the greater Everett community to come together and pay tribute to the legacy of one of America’s great leaders who happened to be African American. The MLK community celebration is the oldest event held in Everett commemorating the life and ideals of this great man.

Over the years, we have been fortunate to have a variety of speakers, including Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, former pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Seattle WA, who was college roommates at Morehouse College and hosted Dr. King when he came to the Seattle area in the 1960’s.

For the past 5 years, Dan Vonique Bletson-Reed has chaired the Greater Everett MLK committee. This year’s program will be a virtual celebration and our theme is, “Crawl! Walk! Run! Soar! Moving Our Community Forward.” Our speaker will be Mr. Nathaniel Miles, Vice President of Strategic Initiative & State Government Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company.

In the past we have featured the Greater Everett MLK Community Choir performing a mix of contemporary and gospel songs. This year, in an effort to abide by COVID restrictions and guidelines, we will feature local guest soloists and tributes from Everett community youth.

January 18th, we will include a Rally and Drive-by Parade starting at the Snohomish County Court House and ending at Everett Community College. There will be community resource tables as well as guest speakers to include, Dr. Daria Willis, President of Everett Community College. We will end with performances from various community members.

The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee’s mission is to enrich the residents of Snohomish County through knowledge of and the celebration of Black heritage. This is accomplished by educating the Snohomish County community about the African American culture, promoting racial harmony, and embracing cultural diversity and inclusion.


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