Equity and Inclusion

Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, Edmonds Community College celebrates 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.


2017 MLK Celebration

Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE) thanks both campus and community members for joining in this year's Edmonds Community College in the annual MLK Jr. Community Celebration. We are honored to welcome Dr. Joy DeGruy to campus!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joy DeGruy

Renowned Author / Researcher / Educator

Dr. Joy DeGruy

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, and author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome –– America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,” "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide," with a second book in the works, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing."

DeGruy has been a featured speaker at Harvard and Columbia universities and is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, master’s degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology, and a doctoral degree in Social Work Research. DeGruy has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of social work, and gives practical insight into cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

  • Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE)
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Black Student Union
  • Triton Talks
  • Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL)
  • Central Washington University Student Life
  • Diversity Student Center
  • Edmonds School District
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • NAACP

Get involved!

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.

Learn more: Edmonds CC library's resource page for Dr. DeGruy