Each January, YWCA Spokane is proud to honor the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. by joining the annual march, rally, and resource fair facilitated by the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center. Each year, we look forward to joining together with staff and supporters as we listen to inspiring speakers and gather together in unity to honor this important day.
While we can’t attend a local march or gather for large service projects this year, there are other ways you can honor Dr. King. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Spokane has planned the following activities. For more details on the below actions call the MLK Family Outreach Center at 509-858-0856. The flyer is also available to share here.
- Lasting Legacy Campaign: The MLK Jr Holiday this year marks the 26th anniversary of the day of the service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Donate $26 or more to the Lasting Legacy Campaign benefiting MLK’s Food Bank. To donate: Text MLKJR2021 to 44321 or visit https://mlkspokane.org/
- Run for Justice: A virtual 5K race available to participate in from Jan 18 to Jan 28
- Donate A Book: Donate a book from this list created by the MLK Center.
- Create Art: Pick up a canvas by Jan 19th. Create a work of art to be displayed at the MLK Center with the theme of “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” or a portrait of Dr. King. Drop it off to the MLK Center by Feb 25th.
- Create Winter Care Packages for Families:
- Place 1 item each into a Ziploc bag: toothpaste, toothbrush, a pair of adult socks, hats & gloves, disposable face masks, protein bar
On Wednesday, January 13th, City Council member Betsy Wilkerson along with City Staff hosted a virtual “Talk Back” discussion in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr called MLK: 2021 & Beyond. This created space will provide dialogue between panelists and community members surrounding the work and call for unity by Dr. King. Watch the recording on the Spokane City Council’s Facebook page.
Celebrating Both Dr. King & Coretta Scott King
Today is also an important day to acknowledge the work of Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife.
As shared by Bernice King, Dr. King’s daughter, “As you honor my father today, please honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of The King Center, which was founded less than three months after Daddy died. Without Corretta Scott King, there would be no MLK Day.”
In beloved community, we honor both Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn more about The King Center.