Martin Luther King Jr. Day events take place Monday in downtown Spokane


Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in the American South, but his dream of racial equality and social justice reverberated beyond his region, across the country, and around the world. And it was not just his vision that covered the globe – the man himself went on a journey far and wide.

Editor’s Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the indoor venues mentioned in this article may be temporarily closed or have limited capacity. Be sure to check their websites or call before planning a visit.

You can honor him on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 18) or any time of the year by following in his footsteps or reading about his journey online.

From his homeland in the heart of the South to unexpected places far beyond America’s shores, here are the places that shaped and inspired this man:

SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in downtown Spokane with the annual Unity Rally and the annual Unity March.

The MLK Day Unity Rally will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The City of Spokane is asking those in attendance to meet outside the Spokane Convention Center.

The MLK Day Unity March will begin at 11:00 a.m. The march will begin and end at the Spokane Convention Center. The MLK Day Unity March returns to downtown Spokane after a two-year hiatus due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spokane Police Department says traffic in downtown Spokane will be blocked from 10 a.m. to noon. SDP claims that there will be no street parking along the route. West Spokane Falls Boulevard, North Washington Street, West Riverside Avenue, West Main Avenue and North Bernard Street will be affected.

The Spokane Convention Center’s MLK Day Resource Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ballrooms 111 ABC.

You may also attend memorial services at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ at 806 W. Indiana Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m., the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is hosting a free event in conjunction with Monday’s events.

The holiday on Monday, January 16, honors the legacy of a civil rights activist during the Civil Rights Movement. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January.

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