Local events focus on legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SEATTLE — Communities around the country are honoring late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday.
The federal holiday is in remembrance of his life and achievements to bring equality and end racial injustice.
Several local events are planned.
Garfield High School will hold its annual march through Seattle.
Washington Service Corps will be honoring Dr. King by restoring animal habitat by planting trees and removing invasive plants at Woodland Creek Community, Parkland.
The city of Tacoma is holding its annual celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
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Nationally, quite a few major events are planned.
The King Holiday Observance in Atlanta
In King’s hometown of Atlanta, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church is holding its annual Martin Luther King commemorative service Monday morning.
King served as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. His funeral was held at the church.
Monday’s church service will engage “members of various religious traditions, and state, national and international governments,” according to The King Center, which was established by the civil rights icon’s widow Coretta Scott King.
The keynote speaker Monday will be Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.
For those outside of Atlanta, “The King Center encourages the world to engage in volunteer service in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King.”
The MLK Memorial Breakfast in Washington DC
More than 1,100 people, including members of Congress, attended the nation’s longest-running event honoring King’s legacy — the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Washington.
Sheyann Webb-Christburg, who was a young girl when she joined the “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, delivered the keynote address Monday morning.
President Trump visits MLK Memorial
President Trump and Vice President Pence left the White House just after 11 a.m. Monday and arrived at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
Trump gave very brief remarks at the unannounced visit. He and Pence laid a wreath at the site but did not mention Martin Luther King Jr. in his extremely brief remarks to the pool.
“Good morning everybody. It’s a great day. A beautiful day. Thank you for being here. Appreciate it,” Trump said.
King Day at the Dome in Columbia, South Carolina
Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, both likely presidential candidates, are in Columbia, South Carolina, to deliver remarks at the King Day at the Dome.
The event includes a morning prayer service, a march lineup at Zion Baptist Church, and then a state house rally.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
At the site where King was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is expecting as many as 7,000 to 8,000 visitors Monday. Attendees will celebrate the 90th anniversary of King’s birth, which was Tuesday.
“The focus of the celebration is community service and social and economic justice,” the museum said.
“Activities include daylong performances, youth-centered edutainment, a healthy community pavilion and the museum experience. In the spirit of service, the Museum will hold its annual Mid-South Food Bank Drive and Lifeblood Drive, and serve as a center for community resources and engagement.”
MLK Jr. March in San Antonio, Texas
The Martin Luther King Jr. March in San Antonio bills itself as the largest march in the nation, with about 300,000 participants at last year’s event.
Among the participants Monday was Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is running for president in 2020.
“No matter what the color of your skin is, where you come from, you should count. We need to get back to that in this country. If I’m president, that’s what I’m going to do,” he told CNN affiliate KSAT.