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Valley Martin Luther King activities

Honors to civil rights leader of last century

— Motorists passing Washington Elementary School yesterday morning were encouraged honk their horns.

The fourth graders were doing the “Honk for Martin Luther King Jr., rally” on 6th Street in front of the Lincoln Building.

The students are conducting their MLK day activities on Friday, as schools will be closed Monday. It is a legal holiday.

Banks, federal and state offices will be closed as well.

The children’s rally is just one of the activities going on in observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

Heritage University students have planned a week of events to honor the legacy of King with a series of speakers and films centered on the civil rights struggle.

Also in Toppenish, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will sponsor its 8th annual Martin Luther King Peace March at 10 a.m. Monday.

A King proclamation will be read by Toppenish Mayor Clara Jiménez and a special message from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee will be broadcast.

The keynote speaker will be Heritage University President Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D.

Entertainment includes performances by Toppenish School District students.

The parade will begin at 300 W. First Ave, and proceed to Toppenish Middle School, 104 Goldendale Ave.

The event is a collaborative effort by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish School District, City of Toppenish, Community Safety Network of Toppenish, Heritage University, Starbucks, Radio KDNA, and Panaderia El Porvenir. Coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries will be provided to all attendees.

The Power of Sound; Embodied Approaches to Sonic Activism will feature a keynote address by Dr. Lauren Eldridge of Spelman College, at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 18 in Smith Family Hall on the Heritage campus, 3240 Fort Road.

The Long Red Power Movement: A Tribute to Dennis Banks will continue the celebration honoring the Civil Rights struggle of Native Americans that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community salmon dinner, first-come, first-served.

The program will honor the work of Native American civil rights activist Dennis Banks, who passed away in the fall of 2017.

Keynote speaker Ryan Booth, Ph.D. candidate at Washington State University and Swinomish tribal member will recount the complex roles of Native Americans in resistance movements throughout history. This event will also feature an open mic and traditional performances by dancers and a drum group.  Heritage art professor Gloria Garcia will facilitate a special art project for children who attend. The event takes place 

Coyote Made the Rivers: Indigenous Ecological Continuity in the Era of Climate Change will be presented Jan. 19 in the Donald North Library from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Finally, Dr. Chad Hamill of Northern Arizona University will give a presentation and performance which blends music and visual imagery to recount the current state of health of the Columbia River and its tributaries.

All King week events are free and public.



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