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City hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 16

Posted: January 5, 2012 7:41:15 AM PST

Bellingham's annual community celebration of the life and mission of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 16 at the Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C Street. This year's event is titled Martin Luther King Jr. 2012: 'A Dream of Financial Justice,' and features speakers and a performance by the Kulshan Chorus.

Bellingham City Council member and event organizer Terry Bornemann said sponsors seek to honor Bellingham's diversity with a celebration of Dr. King featuring music, inspirational speakers and a coming together of the community to focus on human rights. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. King is remembered most for his tireless efforts in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and '60s before an assassin took his life in 1968.

The annual event, formerly held in City Hall, takes place in Municipal Court to provide seating for more people, improve accessibility, and allow the City to broadcast the event live on BTV10.

Marie Marchand, former director of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, will be this year's Master of Ceremonies.  The event includes performances by the Roger Griffith and the Kulshan Chorus as well as various speakers, including:

All members of the community are invited. Those who cannot attend may watch it live at noon Jan. 16 on BTV10 (Comcast Channel 10 in our service area) and on the City website:  BTV10 Live Stream

It will be replayed on BTV10 through the end of January, check the BTV10 schedule for days and times.

The celebration is sponsored by the City of Bellingham, Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, Community Food Co-op, Stratton Kehl Publications, Egress Studio, and Boundary Bay Brewery.

Participants are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the Bellingham Food Bank.  For information about the event, contact the City of Bellingham Mayor's Office at 778-8100. 


Map to Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C Street, Bellingham


Media Contact:
Terry Borneman, Bellingham City Council
778-8200, 305-0606 or

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