Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition

Do you want to help plan the 2020 MLK Day event?

Our next meeting is on October 22nd at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144!

Thank you all so much the 2019 event was a success!

To all:

Last years event was a success! We created one of our largest events to date!

  • Hundreds of job seekers visited the 50-plus exhibitors at our Opportunity Fair; 

  • A thousand people attended our 24 Workshops; 

  • We had 2 inspirational rallies before and after the march of over 2000 community members!

  • Many of our marchers returned to
    Garfield High School for a community meal.

Our colleagues in the Initiative 1000 campaign to restore Affirmative Action submitted more than 387,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, well over the number needed to qualify the initiative.  The Legislature can now approve the measure or send it to the voters in November.

We will continue to support this Initiative to help get equal opportunity in education, jobs, and contracting.

It is with heavy hearts we dedicate the 2019 march to the memory of two trailblazing Sheroes.

The Central District legend and business owner,

Charlene “DeCharlene” Williams


The first woman to chair the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, 

Verlene Jones Davis

We exist thanks to the generosity of community members like you. Please support our efforts with time, money, and in-kind.

This year the Seattle MLK organizing Coalition is ecstatic to partner with “Seattle Womxn Marching Forward” we are co-organizing a weekend of marching, rallying, workshopping, and healing, to help us all renew and plug in to the resistance. Take a look at their site here.

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*Womxn with an “X” includes anyone who considers themselves a woman, and all non-binary / gender-non-conforming folks.  Learn more here.

Keyon Wilford Jr., 4, from Seattle, marched (with two signs) along with his grandmother. ( Photo courtesy Neal McNamara/Patch)

Keyon Wilford Jr., 4, from Seattle, marched (with two signs) along with his grandmother. (Photo courtesy Neal McNamara/Patch)


Get Involved

Sign up to volunteer here!


Want a say in designing Seattle’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day) march and celebration? Join our planning team and share your great ideas, friends, and energy! The coalition (and committees*) are open to all people of good will who honor the goals and methods of Dr. King. 

The 38th annual Seattle MLK Day events at Garfield High School happens on Jan 20th, 2019. Our meeting schedule can be found here , with meetings typically 6:30-8:00 pm, at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 . We welcome anyone who wants to work in a democratically operating organization!  


Hundreds of volunteers contribute to the success of our events. Learn more about how you can help and sign-up.


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We will send you updates on the event, meeting dates/times, opportunities to participate, and more.

Volunteer opportunities

Our event’s success can only be attributed to the help the coalition receives from people like you!

Make a Donation

This is a community planned event and even if you can’t help the day of a donation is great way to give back.


Photo Gallery

Every year we try and capture all of the great moments at this event. This year we are starting a photo gallery to show you all, what a wonderful community looks like!


36 years

Years Serving communities

A legacy of working for justice in the Seattle/King County area.



Members of the community attended

Each and every year we aim to get at-least one more person at the rally. In the hopes that one day we have every single person in the state!



Communinty partners

Every year we are supported by the generous donations of our community.


October 2017

“It’s good to remember Dr. King, and President Trump has given us more reason to get more engaged. ” -Rye

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