Jessica Fisher

Celebrate MLK Day 2021 in Spokane

Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4:43 p.m.

Celebrate MLK Day 2021 in Spokane

Every January, the City of Spokane celebrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s celebration will look different but the day is as important as ever.

Spokane City Council Member Betsy Wilkerson along with City staff will host a virtual “Talk Back” discussion in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The virtual event will start at 3:45 p.m. with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by the panel discussion at 4 p.m.

You can watch live on the City’s website, Spokane City Council Facebook page, and on CityCable 5, channels 5 and 325 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane. If you would like to participate, you can sign up on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The panel will include Council Member Wilkerson, Spokane Public Schools Board President Jerrall Haynes, Washington State University Associate Director of Equity Leadership Shantell Jackson, and Jackie Gaither, vice president of the Gonzaga University Black Student Union. It will be moderated by the Cupid Alexander, the City’s Director of Neighborhoods, Housing, and Human Services, and Alex Gibilisco, the City Council’s Manager of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives.

Here are some other MLK Day events in the Spokane area:

  • Thursday, Jan. 14So You Want to Talk About Race? with Ijeoma Oluo
    Author Ijeoma Oluo offers an online discussion sponsored by Spokane Community College. Details at
  • Monday, Jan. 18 What Dr. King Would Be Teaching in 2021 with Odell Bizzell
    In honor of MLK Day, Odell Bizzell will share his thoughts on what Dr. King would be teaching in 2021. Details at
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 Courageous Conversations: Beyond the Shirt
    Details coming.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is known as a day of service to the community—“A Day On, Not a Day Off.” The MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center has compiled a list of MLK Day 2021 Service Projects. You can also sign up for volunteer and service opportunities at

The MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center also created a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Book List for your kids! Most of the books are available for checkout at the Spokane Public Library.

For information about City closures planned on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, visit our website.

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