Martin Luther King Jr. Events
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
Each year, Edmonds Community College, the City of Lynnwood, and the Edmonds School District partner together to celebrate the life, work, and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration brings the community together through dance, music, and inspirational speakers to encourage growth as culturally competent citizens with understanding and respect for our changing community.
2015 MLK Celebration
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Black Box Theatre
12:30 and 7 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Emory Douglas
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense remains one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by the charismatic Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the fall of 1966, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the subjugation of black people in the United States. As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas's political artwork articulated the party's messages of black freedom. For close to five decades, Douglas has dedicated his life and art to social justice. As a commercial art student at the City College of San Francisco in early 1967, Douglas used his talents to design props and sets for the Black Arts Movement, which operated at San Francisco State.
In late 1967, he joined the Black Panther Party, and after several months, became production manager of the Black Panther Party Intercommunal Newspaper until the party's demise in 1982. Douglas's artistic talents proved a powerful force. His striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era's most iconic images of the black power movement. From 1984 to 2005 Douglas worked as a layout artist and graphic designer for the black owned Sun Reporter Publishing Company in San Francisco. Today, Douglas continues to use his art as a tool to raise social consciousness of injustice. With the publishing of his book, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Artwork of Emory Douglas in 2007, Douglas has gone on to serve as Artist in Residence at Elam International School of Fine Arts, in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as collaborated on numerous public art projects across the United States, and around the world.
For more on Emory Douglas and his work:
Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!
- Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE)
- Black Box Theatre
- Brown Bag Lecture Series
- Diversity Student Center
- Black Student Union
- Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL)
- Equity and Inclusion
- City of Lynnwood
- Edmonds School District
- Hampton Inn and Suites
MLK Community Planning Team:
Edmonds Community College staff:
Ksenia Koon, Director of Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement
Clearview Hall, Room 122 | 206.940.2537
Aaron Modica, CATCH Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist
Gateway Hall, Room 207 | 425.640.1240
Nicki Sunwall, Program Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion
Clearview Hall, Room 122 | 425.640.1538
There are many ways to participate in the MLK events and we encourage and welcome our community to not only attend but to get involved! If you are interested in sponsorship, volunteering, participating, attending, or want to partner in this celebration contact one of our planning team members. We look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you.