Every year the Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Seattle Celebration Committee organizes a large scale celebration in the only geographic jurisdiction named in Dr. King's honor. Morning workshops are one component of the 35th Annual MLK Seattle Celebration, which includes a rally, a march to downtown from Garfield High School, speeches, and an job/opportunity fair back at Garfield.
Workshop Monitors arrive 45-60 minutes before workshops begin to get assigned to specific workshops in pairs. Workshop descriptions are posted at http://www.mlkseattle.org - arrive early to sign up for your favorite one. Monitors will make sure the room is unlocked and a sign with the workshop title is posted at doors. When presenters arrive 30 minutes before the workshops, volunteers will connect with the workshop presenters at the workshop location, and help arrange the room how the presenters want it, ensure they have water and help with any other needs.
Volunteer teams will welcome workshop participants and see to any special needs participants may have (such as clearing a path for a wheelchair). You will circulate a sign-in sheet and an evaluation and turn both in at the end of the workshop. You will also help return the room to its initial configuration, picking up any materials left behind. The volunteers are identifiable by a T-shirt that is provided by the MLK Celebration Committee.
We encourage workshop monitors teams to post photos and workshop info on social media during sessions. After the session one of you will capture key brief takeaways from your session and post to Facebook or send to us via email.
Once your volunteer shift is done, you are welcome to join the rally in the gym, the march downtown, and/or grab lunch in the cafeteria (2pm)!
This event honors Martin Luther King, Jr., and serves to educate the participants about the breadth of his activism including the well-known work for racial equality. Disparities for people of color exist in income, life span, education, incarceration, police violence, and more. Many of these topics are covered in our workshops which inspire us to continue work to end institutional racism.