Arts and Culture

ReV. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Celebrating the Rev. Dr. 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.

2019 MLK Celebration

Featured speaker Dr. Michael Benitez

Dr. BenitezMichael Benitez, Ph.D., is a nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education. He is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues including social justice education, equity and inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism, intercultural development, identity formation, race and ethnic relations, knowledge representation and production, youth and leadership development, student success, and critical pedagogy and praxis.

Find out more about Dr. Benitez.

2018 MLK Celebration

Edmonds CC Welcomes Former Seattle Sonic SPENCER HAYWOOD

Spencer Haywood
Spencer Haywood, 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

Edmonds Community College will host a free Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Thursday, Jan. 11. Join us as our community celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. King with an inspirational message from keynote speaker Spencer Haywood.

Haywood went from picking cotton in rural Mississippi to being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, fighting every step of the way – for his civil rights, against addiction, and against the NBA itself in the U.S. Supreme Court.

He will speak at 12:30 p.m. on campus in the Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 11:15 a.m. on a first come first serve basis.

From 3-4:30 p.m. in the Seaview Gym, Mr. Haywood will meet with athletes from Edmonds CC campus for an informal Q & A session. Open to the public!

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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.