January 17, 2022

MLK Day 2022

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 17th, our nation celebrates and honors the life and contributions of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although we are not able to rally together or attend the Unity March, we can still embody and uphold Dr. King’s legacy.

What are your plans for this day of service?
Below are examples of how we can step into action or service to our community.

To learn more about the ways you can step into action, please contact the MLK Center by calling 509-858-0856 or by visiting their Facebook page. Their flyer is also available to share.

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center
  • Lasting Legacy Campaign
    The MLK Jr Holiday this year marks the 27th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Consider supporting the MLK Center Lasting Legacy Campaign with a donation benefiting MLK’s Food Bank. To donate: Text MLKJR2022 to 44321 or visit mlkspokane.org.
  • 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
    – Granola bar
  • Food Drive: January 14 – 31
    The food bank is in need of brown rice, whole wheat pasta noodles, and whole wheat bread. Simply drop off food donations at the MLK Center (500 S Stone St) Monday – Friday 8 am to 4pm.
  • MLK Day – Run for Justice 5k Virtual Race
    Go to runsignup.com and search “Run for Justice 5K Virtual Race” to register. Run or walk 5K (3.1 miles) anytime, any place that works for you; in your neighborhood, your favorite trail, or even on a treadmill. Complete your 5K between 1/17 and 1/31. Get the whole family involved.
  • Donate A Book
    January is National Book Month. Donate a book from this list created by the MLK Center.
Spokane NAACP General Meeting
  • No Time to Celebrate: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Through Action
    Monday, January 17th at 7:00pm. Join the Zoom meeting here.
    Meeting ID: 838 2191 5976 Passcode: 747290
    Dial by your location
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

To learn more about Spokane NAACP, visit naacpspokane.com.

Supporting Racial Justice Beyond MLK Day

It is important that we continue to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr beyond a single day of commemoration.

We asked the RSJ Committee and our YWCA Staff how they plan to support racial and social justice work today and throughout the year. Here are some of their responses:

  • Commit to serve and join the MLK Day 2022 National Day of Service at mlkday.gov.

Learn more at ywcaspokane.org/racialjustice, follow our blog at ywcaspokane.org/updates, and join our RSJ Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/ywcaspokanersj.

We Can’t Do This Work Without You

Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community and across the nation. Together, we can build a beloved community.

During the month of January YWCA Spokane’s Racial & Social Justice Committee is accepting new members. As a part of the committee, you can help foster racial equity and social justice to spark action in our community. We hope that you join us!

By: Rachel Dannen

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