2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16

Dear King County employee,

Please join us in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, noon to 1 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

The theme for our 2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now.” This year’s keynote is by john a. powell, Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley. For more information contact Matias.Valenzuela@kingcounty.gov or MPadillaOcampo@kingcounty.gov.

For those who cannot join, the event will be recorded by KCTV for streaming afterwards.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is a County-sponsored event and King County directors, managers, and supervisors are encouraged to permit employees to participate, if possible. Read King County’s HR Bulletin regarding employee attendance at County-sponsored events for more information. Your attendance is of course voluntary.

Getting to the celebration

Employees in the downtown Seattle area are encouraged to walk or take public transit. Employees coming from outside downtown Seattle should look at transit and carpool options. If public transit options downtown are not accessible, please email MPadillaOcampo@kingcounty.gov to arrange an Access Paratransit shuttle pick up outside of King Street Center or the Chinook Building.

To get to Town Hall Seattle from King County offices located in Downtown Seattle, take Link Light Rail and exit at University Street Station) or King County Metro Route 2 and exit directly across the street from Town Hall on 8th Avenue and Seneca.

Celebration follow-up, Jan. 21

As we will spark reflection and ideas at the MLK Celebration, employees are encouraged to continue the dialogue to deepen our equity, inclusion and belonging discussions and actions in work teams, departments, and communities. One opportunity to participate in facilitated follow-up conversations will be held at the King Street Center 8th floor conference center on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m. –  1:30 p.m.. All King County employees are welcome. For more information, contact KKibet@kingcounty.gov.

On the Move: An MLK Day ESJ Festival, Jan. 30

Departments all over King County government are working hard to move our county forward, and closer to our Equity and Social Justice goals. Join us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival to learn how we’re moving forward, and share what you are doing to make King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. The festival will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Chinook Building,  Rooms 121/123. For more information, contact BMcConnaughey@kingcounty.gov.