Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to be honored in new ways

Pandemic means changes in how the community will celebrate. Virtual and drive-by events are planned.

Marc Lamont Hill will speak about race, politics and American life in an online presentation Wednesday as part of Everett Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. (Everett Community College photo)

Marc Lamont Hill will speak about race, politics and American life in an online presentation Wednesday as part of Everett Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. (Everett Community College photo)

Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be different this year due to the pandemic. The community will commemorate the civil rights leader’s legacy with virtual presentations.

Sunday: The Greater Everett Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be a virtual event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday. It will be live streamed from Mill Creek Foursquare Church at https://www.mc4s.org/mlk.

Presented by the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, the theme is “Crawl! Walk! Run! Soar! Moving Our Community Forward.” The speaker will be Nathaniel Miles, vice president of strategic initiative and state government affairs with Eli Lilly and Company. In years past, the Greater Everett MLK Community Choir has performed. With COVID restrictions, there will instead be guest soloists and tributes by Everett youth.

Monday: A virtual live streamed celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., presented by the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, is scheduled for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday. Watch it online via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SCBHC.FB/ or Instagram Live @Cloud10Consulting.

Wednesday: Journalist Marc Lamont Hill will speak about race, politics and American life in an online presentation 3-4 p.m. Wednesday as part of Everett Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. To attend, register at EverettCC.edu/Events and a Zoom link will be provided to registrants on the day of the event.

Hill has been a BET News, HuffPost Live and VH1 Live! host, and is a professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University. He’ll discuss “Building Community in an Hour of Chaos.” A Philadelphia native, he has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty, abolish prisons and release political prisoners.

In Philadelphia, he’s the founder and director of the People’s Education Center and owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. An author and co-author, his book credits include “Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity;” “The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America;” and “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” plus several other titles.

Correction: This story has been modified to correct the event details scheduled for Monday by the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee.

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