For the past 14 years, the University of Washington Tacoma has hosted, in partnership with the Black Student Union, the MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast. A celebration that in part celebrates the contributions offered and inspired by by Dr. King and in part as an opportunity to bring UW Tacoma students, faculty, staff and our surrounding communities together around a common goal of unity, hope, honor and celebration of the common effort toward freedom, equity and justice.
This University, like most other organizations of its kind, is currently operating virtually with limited in-person interactions, due to Covid-19 restrictions. This will continue through the Winter quarter, which includes the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to cancel he 2021 program to honor safety protocols as defined and mandated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision wasn't made lightly and while disappointing is the decision we made with with the safety of our communities in mind.
The University values it's commitment to equity and justice and will continue to have conversations as restrictions are lifted and it is again safe to have in-person programing. We will evalute planning for furture MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast celebrations as well as other programing of it's kind. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
This year, as always, we encourage participation in the City of Tacoma's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The city will celebrate the 33rd year of it's event on Monday, January 18, 2021 with thier chosen theme "Collective Voices/Collective Hope."
The City's event, also following Covid-19 restrictions, will be held virtually and is available online and via the City's facebook page. The City's event website contains specific details about the City of Tacoma Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.