MLK celebrations in Bellevue

Former Olympian John Carlos

MLK celebrations in Bellevue

The City of Bellevue will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a trio of events.

John Carlos, a track star who raised his fist for human rights after winning a medal at the 1968 Olympics, will deliver an address on Thursday, Jan. 17. On MLK Day itself (Monday, Jan. 21), the city will have a tree planting at Eastgate Park and a celebration at Crossroads Bellevue.

Carlos, who became a symbol for the civil rights struggle, will deliver the keynote at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, 12:30-2 p.m. Carlos will challenge listeners to critically reflect on individual and collective roles in building the “beloved community” envisioned by the Rev. King. This event includes real-time captioning. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot for the City Hall celebration, please register.

The tree-planting will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the park, 14509 SE Newport Way. Gloves, tools, hot drinks, water and snacks will be provided. To sign up, go to EarthCorps.org and click on “Volunteer Calendar.”

The Crossroads event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature guest speakers, live music and a community health fair. For additional information or special accommodations, contact Yuriana Garcia Tellez (425-452-7886 or ygarcia@BellevueWA.gov).

These events are wheelchair-accessible. Captioning, American Sign Language or language interpreters are available upon request. Please call 425-452-7886 at least 48 hours in advance to request an accommodation. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711. Assisted listening devices are also available upon request.

Published on 01/09/2019
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