Youth to lead 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Jan. 16

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 11th annual youth march. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

A keynote speaker will talk at 1 p.m. and educational workshops will follow at 1:30 p.m. The three workshops are:

  • Are your rights at risk? A voter’s education session with mock voting activity
  • Microaggressions led by youth
  • Straight talk community panel

Dinner and giveaways will take place from 3-4 p.m.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

Seattle youth unite for justice

The third weekend in January, come rain or snow, Seattle Parks youth come together to learn, reflect and follow in the footsteps of one the most influential civil rights leaders of our time.

“We cannot walk alone,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced in August 1963.  “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

On Saturday, Jan. 17, Seattle teens will gather at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at 11 a.m. for their annual march. The teens will hold a moment of silence and put flowers into the fountain for youth we have lost to violence, before making their way to Rainier Community Center via Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Rainier Avenue S.

“The march is an event for our youth, but we welcome everybody,” Seattle Parks Recreation Specialist Cindy Sandino-Chang said. “It’s wonderful when people join us on the street, and we feel the community rally behind us. People honk at us from their cars and it gets the teens excited.”

Sandino-Chang is on the event’s planning committee and has been working to organize the event with other Recreation leaders and teens since October.

Teen Deiosha Sparks is on the committee. She said she was eager to be part of the conversation. “I want to hear what other voices are saying on the issue of civil rights,” she said.

Once the teens reach the Rainier Community Center, they will be asked to participate in three workshops. The first workshop will include a gallery of civil rights activists and victims, and teens will have a chance to write letters to the families of teens and police officers who passed away this year across the country. The second workshop will be a dialogue with Seattle Police Department officers and the third workshop will send the teens through five “Tunnels of Oppression.”

Five teen groups are building tunnels to represent the oppression of marginalized groups: the poor, people with mental illnesses, people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, victims of domestic violence and victims of racial discrimination.

“The tunnels are a unique way for someone to get a glimpse into what these situations might feel like,” Sandino-Chang said.

After the workshops, participants will join together for a community dinner and reflect on the day’s events.

For more information about the “Seattle Youth Unite for Justice! Restore the Dream!” event, visit the Seattle Parks teen webpage, or call Cindy Sandino-Chang at 206-551-7316.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses

 

Youth to lead 10th annual MLK march on Jan. 17

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 17th. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 10th annual youth march and the theme this year is Seattle Youth Unite for Justice! Restore the Dream! Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

At the event, participants will participate in a moment of silence, when flowers will be placed in the fountain in memory of youth who have been lost, locally and nationally. In addition, youth will participate in three different workshops: a “Tunnels of Oppressions” workshop; a dialogue with police officers; and a gallery where youth will write letters to families who have been affected by violence. The tunnels and gallery were constructed by teens with the support from Parks staff.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment, and plenty of fun!

The link to the event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522583891355592/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=2538787655

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

 

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