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Thousands turn out for Seattle MLK March
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Thousands turn out for Seattle MLK March

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On January 18, thousands of people gathered at Seattle's Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave.) for the 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Rally and March. The Seattle Martin Luther King, Jr. March is the biggest in the nation. The workshops and march were organized by the local Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee.

The morning started off with various workshops about topics such as civil rights, President Barack Obama, and military counter-recruiting, a workshop organized by local members of Veterans for Peace.

The rally, inside the Garfield High School gym, opened with a prayer. Larry Gossett, King County councilmember and chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, gave a presentation on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s history as well as the history of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine also made appearances.

Before the march, a youth and adult Capoeira display was put on by local Capoeira group Mestre Curisco Capoeira MalĂȘs.

The march left from Garfield High School a little after noon and took Yesler Way towards downtown Seattle, ending at the Federal Building on 2nd Ave. Participants in the march sang "We Shall Overcome" and a happy birthday song to Dr. King.

"This is special. Really special," Luther Brown, Jr., who has participated in the march for 12 years, told a Seattle Times reporter.

At the end of the march, people gathered on 2nd Avenue to the sounds of Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin's "Respect" booming over speakers. A spoken-word poet performed, and closing words were shared. The Seattle Police Department estimated that 3,500 people took part in the march.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which always falls near Dr. King's birthday, January 15.

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