Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day unity rally, march canceled because of COVID surge

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One of the most well-known moments in civil rights history, the March on Washington was a nationwide outcry from Black Americans who marched to stop racial discrimination and police brutality and gain job equality. The emotional event is where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream'' speech.

[Pictured: Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the historic March on Washington.]

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day unity rally and march have been canceled because of the recent surge in COVID cases. 

The in-person events may not be happening, but there are still ways to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. 

Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center offered a few ideas: 

Donate to the Lasting Legacy Campaign

This year’s holiday marks 26 years of the service that celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy. People are encouraged to donate $26 or more to the campaign, which will benefit the center’s food bank. 

People can donate online or text MLKJR2022 to 44321. 

Create Winter Packages for Families

The following items are needed: 

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Gloves
  • Disposable face masks
  • Adult socks
  • Granola bars
  • Hats

Place one item each into a Ziploc bag. 

Donate to the Food Drive

A food drive will be underway from January 14-31. The food bank is in need of brown rice, whole-wheat pasta noodles and whole-wheat bread. 

Food can be donated at the MLK Center (500 S Stone) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Participate in the Run for Justice 5K Virtual Race

Run a 5K for justice. Runners, joggers and walkers can run anytime and anyplace between January 17 and January 31. 

Sign up here

Donate a Book

January is National Book Month. People are encouraged to donate a children’s book from the MLK Center’s book list.