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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

                                                   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nominations are now closed for Community Awards 

Check back here for the 2023 award winners. 


Honorees include individuals, groups, or organizations that have demonstrated a meaningful contribution to serving the community through human rights efforts, commitment to education or sharing of their skills, and embody the legacy of Dr. King’s teachings and actions, to represent people of all color in the pursuit of hope, healing, and sustainable peace.


“By recognizing the important contributions from these community members and their leadership in transforming Tacoma, we honor Dr. King’s legacy each year,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Their work and the uplifting cultural celebration for Dr. King inspires us all as we continue to heal the heart of Tacoma.”


The CERC selects the honorees to receive awards and oversees the annual production of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The event will be held in person at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (1500 Commerce Street) at 11 AM on Monday, January 16, broadcast live on TV Tacoma and live on Facebook. The Special Program will run on TV Tacoma throughout January. It will also be available on the City’s YouTube channel.


“The Events & Recognitions Committee is looking forward to honoring our community by celebrating with arts, culture, and conversations of hope in our community,” said CERC Chair Jessica Johnston. “We strive to move forward to create a brighter tomorrow for all to flourish and celebrate our similarities and differences alike.”


For more information about the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration including eligibility requirements and the nominating process visit cityoftacoma.org/mlk, email kdralle@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 573-2523.

Past Recipients of the MLK Community Service Awards 

View a list of prior years' recipients. 


Interest in serving on a Tacoma committee, board or commission? Go to www.cityoftacoma.org/servetacoma


Event Details

January 16, 2023
11 AM

Watch the event on TV Tacoma or streamed live on tvtacoma.com or Facebook. It will be televised throughout January 2023 on TV Tacoma.


Contact Information

Kala Dralle
(253) 573-2523