The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
The City of Tacoma’s signature event, the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will bring us together to understand his vision of his Beloved Community. It is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. We encourage the entire community to join together to celebrate Monday, January 16, 2017 as a day on, not a day off.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
January 16, 2017
Greater Tacoma Conventions and Trade Center
10 AM – Doors open
11 AM – Event starts
The City Events and Recognitions Committee will honor Dr. Maxine B. Mimms with the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16. The event will begin at 11 AM in the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway). “Dr. Mimms embodies the mission of Dr. King through her extraordinary dedication to opening doors of higher education to the diverse community in Tacoma,” said Committee Chairwoman Erin Lee. “Our event theme is ‘Beloved Community’ and we gave special consideration to nominees whose work focused on understanding our community and its needs, and delivering solutions.” The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award strives not only to recognize and encourage excellence in community service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group, but also seeks to encourage similar efforts by others who may want to serve in the community. It is presented each year during the City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration before an average crowd of approximately 2,000 attendees.