Martin Luther King Jr. Day & National Day of Racial Healing

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and participate in WSU’s celebration of the National Day of Racial Healing with service activities and events throughout January. 


Monday, Jan. 15 — MLK Day Unity Rally and March

Join fellow Cougs and Spokane community members downtown for the MLK Day Annual Unity March. The rally will begin at 10:00 a.m. outside the Spokane Convention Center, followed by the march at 11:00 a.m., which will start and end at the Convention Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 — National Day of Racial Healing Virtual Opening Ceremony 

Tune in to a WSU system-wide welcome and cross-campus panel discussion via Zoom, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Register here.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Writers Give Voice: Reading and Open-Mic Poetry

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and WSU’s English Department will host a reading and open mic program in response to the day’s theme from 1:45-2:45 p.m. View the livestreamed program here.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 —  Raise Your Voice: Oratorical Empowerment Facilitated Discussion

Amber Boydston will provide an ‘open to the campus’ facilitated presentation and discussion from 3:00-4:00 p.m. around recognizing and addressing how racial trauma has taken root in the lives of black and brown bodies. Register with WSU Vancouver.

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Keynote

Researcher, author, teacher, and Washington State University alum Marc Robinson will give the keynote speech at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the CUB Sr. Ballroom and on YouTube. More details and link here.

Service Opportunities 

Register to participate via GivePulse.

Monday, Jan. 15 | 8:00-11:00 a.m. | Meals on Wheels

Assist with meal preparation and help pack pet food distribution boxes for disabled or homebound seniors.

Monday, Jan. 15 | 12:30-3:00 p.m. | Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store

Assist with cleaning and help with display set up at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, which supports Habitat-Spokane’s mission of building safe and affordable homes for individuals and families in our community.

Monday, Jan. 15 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | 2nd Harvest Food Bank

Help pack food boxes for distribution to those facing food insecurity in the Spokane area.

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