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2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

MLK 2015

Come celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. King through music, poetry, and a celebration of our community with an inspirational message from our keynote speaker, Emory Douglas.

Emory Douglas Bio: The Black Panther Party for Self Defense remains one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by the charismatic Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the fall of 1966, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the subjugation of black people in the United States. As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas's political artwork articulated the party's messages of black freedom and self-defense. For close to five decades, Douglas has dedicated his life and art to social justice. As a commercial art student at the City College of San Francisco in early 1967, Douglas used his talents to design props and sets for the Black Arts Movement, which operated at San Francisco State. In late 1967, he joined the Black Panther Party, and after several months, became production manager of the Black Panther Party Intercommunal Newspaper until the party's demise in 1982. Douglas's artistic talents proved a powerful force. His striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era's most iconic images of the black power movement. From 1984 to 2005 Douglas worked as a layout artist and graphic designer for the black owned Sun Reporter Publishing Company in San Francisco. Today, Douglas continues to use his art as a tool to raise social consciousness of injustice. With the publishing of his book, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Artwork of Emory Douglas in 2007, Douglas has gone on to serve as Artist in Residence at  Elam International School of Fine Arts, in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as collaborated on numerous public art projects across the United States, and around the world.


      2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

            with keynote speaker Emory Douglas and performances by local students.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Program begins at 7:00pm
            Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College
20310 68th Ave W, Lynnwood | located inside Mukilteo Hall

Join Us! Free Event



ASL and Spanish translation is available. For other accommodations, call Julie Moore at 425-670-5023 or email jmoore@ci.lynnwood.wa.us.

Please feel free to distribute the MLK Celebration 2015 Flyer

For several years, the City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College, and Edmonds School District have worked collaboratively to sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to bring Lynnwood a positive celebration that encourages mutual understanding and respect for our growing and changing community. This year’s sponsors include the City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College, Edmonds School District, and Hampton Inn and Suites. 

Other Local Events

Brown Bag Lecture with Emory Douglas
Edmonds Community College
Black Box Theatre
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood
Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:30pm