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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023


Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent leader in the civil rights movement in the United States. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. After many years of campaigning by activists, members of Congress and Coretta Scott King, a bill signed in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan created a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. Now, Martin Luther King Day is observed on the third Monday of January.

The Seattle Housing Authority has a deep commitment to race and social justice and recognizes the significant contribution Dr. King made to civil rights and greater equality and justice for all people. Here are a few of the local and national events and resources for celebrating and learning about his history and legacy.


Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March
Garfield High School
Date and time: Jan. 16,  Rally:11:30 a.m; March: 12:30 p.m.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service  
Date and time: Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
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Coming up in February for Black History Month

Civic Cocktail - Black History Month: Legislators’, Immigrant Stories, and Contributions
Date and time: Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m..  
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Additional Resources

Seattle MLK Coalition 

National Museum of African American History & Culture: 5 Things to Know: Surprising Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

The King Center

Martin Luther King's Controversial Visit to Seattle