Martin Luther King Jr Day events happening in downtown Spokane Monday

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Posted: January 14, 2023 1:06 PM

Updated: January 14, 2023 1:07 PM


Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in the American South, but his dream of racial equality and social justice reverberated out of his region, into the whole country and around the world. And it just wasn’t his vision that spanned the globe — the man himself embarked on travels far and wide.

Editor’s note: Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the indoor venues mentioned in this article could be temporarily closed or have limited capacity. Be sure to check their websites or call before you make visitation plans.

You can honor him on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 18) or anytime of year by walking in his footsteps or reading about his journeys online.

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

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

The MLK Day Unity Rally will start at 10 am on Monday. The City of Spokane is asking those who attend to meet outside of the Spokane Convention Center.

At 11 am, the MLK Day Unity March will start. The march will start and end at the Spokane Convention Center. The MLK Day Unity March returns to downtown Spokane after a two-year hiatus as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spokane Police Department says traffic will be affected in the core of downtown Spokane from 10 am to noon. SPD says there will be no on-street parking along the route of the march. The streets that will be affected are West Spokane Falls Boulevard, North Washington Street, West Riverside Avenue, West Main Avenue and North Bernard Street.

The #MLKDay parade will take place Monday, Jan. 16. Traffic will be affected in the downtown core from about 10 am until noon. Additionally, there will be no on-street parking along the parade route. We hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy this great community event.

— Spokane Police (@SpokanePD) January 14, 2023

From 11:30 am to 2 pm, there will be an MLK Day Resource Fair at the Spokane Convention Center at Ballrooms 111 ABC.

You can also attend the Commemorative Celebration at the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ at 806 W. Indiana Ave. from 3-5 pm The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is hosting the free event, along with Monday’s events.

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

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