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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2018

50 Year Later: Dreams vs. Reality


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


MLK 50 Years Later: Unedited

Aaron Reader

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Aaron Reader

Keynote address by Aaron Reader, Dean of Students, Renton Technical College

Location: Building 7

Is Dr. King’s legacy still relevant 50 years later? In this presentation, Reader will be taking a look at a number of King’s speeches and pointing out it’s relevancy today. Through King’s speeches and spoken word poetry we will visit the uncomfortable truth, that we are not far removed from what Dr. King spent his life’s work on.


The Sacred Fight for Justice of the Duwamish Tribe

Lecture presented by Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Cecile Hansen

Location: Building 7


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


"The Woke King": Re-Imaging Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  "Beloved Community" in a Donald Trump America

PK Thompson

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

PK Thompson

Lecture presented by PK Thompson, Theologian

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

How should we reflect on MLK's legacy in light of the current social, political, and religious climate in America? Dr. King's legacy stretches beyond America's borders and gives hope to people in the struggle for justice worldwide. King truly believed that unity, equality, and love could prevail through nonviolent means, a life passion achieved through the signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson under much pressure from King and the Civil Rights Movement. However, as his message of love and community began to expand beyond the virtues of Christian practice within his own community; addressing issues like the Vietnam war and economic inequality, his life was suspiciously cut short by a supposed "lone shooter." This King, the radical King, was becoming increasingly conscious that the "Dream" of an America united under one creed was, in actuality, a "Nightmare" with social, racial, class, religious, and political implications. PK Thompson probes the legacy of Dr. King in his lecture and re-imagines his ministry of the "beloved community" through the lens of radical love King introduced to the world through his campaign of non-violence, but also the radical intellectual he was becoming shortly before his martyrdom. As a person of color, Thompson asks: How would King have defined the "beloved community" in Donald Trump's America? And how can Dr. King's message almost 50 years later still provide glimmers of hope for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized people of America and the world?


Immigration and the American State: Considering our Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Benjamin Gonzalez

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Benjamin Gonzalez

Lecture presented by Dr. Benjamin Gonzalez Faculty, Highline College

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

In this workshop, Dr. Gonzalez O’Brien examines the history of immigration in the United States and the exclusion of most non-white groups politically and socially for most of America’s history. Despite these exclusions, the blood and sweat of immigrants and slaves built this country, yet today we continue to demonize those who come to this country in search of the same dream that brought waves of white immigrants to these shores. Examining the evolution of immigration policy, Dr. Gonzalez O’Brien links past policy to the Civil Rights Movement, immigration policy today, and the nativist backlash we have seen in recent years.


The Right to Dream

Living Voices

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Right to Dream

A Performance by Living Voices

Location: Building 7

The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America is witnessed in this compelling story. The Right to Dream recreates a student's coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.


Thursday, January 18, 2018


When “Free Speech” is Actually its Opposite: The First Amendment, Hate Speech, and the Privilege of Platforms

Dr. Shon Meckfessel

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Shon Meckfessel

Lecture presented by Dr. Shon Meckfessel, Faculty, Highline College

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

This last year has left many wondering if there is a line between “free speech” and hate speech, and how this question relates to the first amendment of the constitution. This talk will offer some helpful ways to reframe the question from a social perspective, rather than a merely legal one. What does speech do, and how does thinking about this help us figure out what to do with speech? Whose speech gets to be free, and why is there such inconsistency in who gets to claim it? What do these questions tell us about basic limits of the rights at the foundation of our system of government? This talk will include concrete suggestions for legal and social responses to hateful speech in our institutions and communities, and how to tell the difference between free speech and its opposite.

Friday, January 19, 2018


King and the Role of Capitalism, Militarism and Racism in Achieving Peace

Robert Britten

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Lecture presented by Robert Britten, Faculty, Pierce College

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

We will discuss how Dr. King used the issues of his time to promote change and move a nation to recognize its Promise. We will further discuss how we can use those same tools today to seize upon the opportunity of a lifetime to change the world around us.


We Lead: We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For

First Friday Leadership Institute

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Mozart Guerrier

Workshop facilitated by Mozart Guerrier, Executive Director, 21 Progress

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

In this workshop, students and faculty will experiences stories of change from an established speaker and leader in social change. Gain skills and tools to strengthen how they lead personally and groups, and create a vision for the kind of world they want to create. Expect stories that inspire you to reflect and take action.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018


The Ugly Truth

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Facilitated by Laura Manning, Faculty, Highline College

Location: Building 8, (Mt. Constance/Olympus)

Professional Development Exclusively for Highline College Faculty and Staff.



For information: or (206)592-4319

MLK Week is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Center for Leadership and Service and the Learning and Teaching Center

2018 MLK Week Committee: Dr. Darryl Brice, Jodi White, Dominique Austin, Iesha Valencia, Osurè Brown, Aaron Modica, Jalyssa Atualevao, Tania Lopez, Michaella Clemming, Leida Arciniega and Doris Martinez (Chair)

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact Access Services at (206)878-3710, ext.3857(voice) or (206) 870-4853 (TTY).


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