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'We all have a passion for something' – celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy this weekend


Last updated 1/17/2020 at 7:40pm

The community is invited to celebrate the achievements and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at First Presbyterian Church in Everett Sunday, Jan. 19.

The theme of this year’s event is “Elevating Our Community: Whatever Affects One Directly Affects All Indirectly’” comes from King’s open letter, “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The civil rights leader wrote the letter in 1963 after he read eight clergymen’s criticism of his nonviolent protests in a newspaper that had been smuggled into the jail in Birmingham, Alabama.

Leilani Miller of Millenia Ministries will be the keynote speaker and said she wants to call people to action. She explained that the theme of the event, and King’s letter, can be applied to everyone’s life experience.

“The injustices to marginalized people may not necessarily affect you today, but if you aren’t cognizant of what’s going on around you, it could catch up,” Miller said “That topic encompasses what’s going on in our communities today,” she said, citing addiction and recovery, homelessness, domestic violence and other issues that she has seen people experience during her work with Millenia Ministries.

The nonprofit organization assists people with housing, food, clothing, and counseling needs from Mountlake Terrace to Lake Stevens, including Mill Creek.

“You may not be able to do everything, but you can be able to affect change in one person’s life. ... There are many ways we can be a changemaker and you don’t necessarily need to be a politician, but you need to recognize what needs to be done in your community. You need to decide whether you’re going to sit back and enjoy a comfortable life or whether you’re going to do something about what you see.”

She encouraged people to find an organization to volunteer with that aligns with their passions. “We all have a passion for something but a lot of times we don’t get up and do anything about it. We fall short on action but we need to get up and be active. Go find those organizations that speak to your heart.”

There will be musical performances and children’s activities in addition to Miller’s 25-minute talk to honor King’s legacy. The free event will be at First Presbyterian Church in Everett (2936 Rockefeller Avenue Everett, WA 98201 from 3 to 5 p.m.


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