The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march in Seattle took place on January 16 and began at Garfield High School to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building (about 2 miles).
By Jesse N. Love
Seattle, Wash. – Chants and cheers echoed through the halls of Garfield High School as several communities gathered for a pre-March rally in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A few Methodists in attendance included the Revs. Patricia Simpson, John Helmiere, Kelly Dahlman-Oeth along with the PNW Conference’s Kristina Gonzalez.
Musical performances, guest speakers, and other remembrances of MLK’s legacy helped kick-start the event. Several hundreds of people trekked through the Central District to Downtown’s Henry M. Jackson Federal Building. Immigrant rights, education, women’s rights, and social justice as a whole were channeled through King’s legacy of non-violence and peaceful protest.
“I was so glad to see such a large crowd of people willing to make the statements that ‘now’s the time’ and we must not cave to ‘being tired’ of working on racial justice,” shares Dale Hoff, lay leader of University Temple UMC. “The workshops, the rally, the march all remind us – the work of justice must go on.”
Pastor Kelly Dahlman-Oeth of Ronald UMC in Shoreline had this to share about his experience at the MLK Day march: “There are many ways to stand up for justice. My hope was lifted as I marched with the thousands who gathered in solidarity to celebrate and bear witness to the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I walked, sang, chanted and danced with God’s tapestry of humanity, I was reminded of Dr. King’s words, ‘We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.’”
Here are just a few scenes from this year’s MLK event in Seattle:
Jesse N. Love serves as graphic designer & print manager for the PNWUMC.