Bates Technical College to host annual MLK celebration

Bates Technical College will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the school’s annual celebration this month.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will provide opening remarks, and Dr. Dexter Gordon, a distinguished educator at the University of Puget Sound, will serve as keynote speaker. Gordon is a professor of communication and African-American studies, and is the director of the African-American Studies Program. The event will reflect on Dr. King’s memorable march and historic “I Have a Dream” speech, focus on the theme of Civil Rights: What Now?, and encourage attendees to reflect on the future of civil rights in America and beyond. Music will be provided by Jerusalem’s Gate.

The event will be held on Fri., Jan. 17, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the college’s Downtown Campus Auditorium, located 1101 S. Yakima Ave., in Tacoma.

Community members are also invited to participate in the annual March for MLK on Mon., Jan. 20. The marchers will meet at 8 a.m. for refreshments at Bates Technical College’s downtown Tacoma campus cafeteria on South 11th Street and South Yakima Avenue, and will begin to march to the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center at 9 a.m. A shuttle will be available to return marchers to the downtown Tacoma campus following the city’s celebration.

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