Undeterred by snow and icy streets, a small, but animated group of Teamsters joined several hundred community members in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, at the 30th annual MLK March and Rally in Seattle.
Students, civil rights activists, labor leaders, elected officials and union members gathered at Garfield High School for the daylong celebration that included morning workshops, an 11 A.M. rally, and a march from Seattle’s Central District to the federal building downtown.
“There were people who were beaten, whipped, and firehosed fighting for civil rights. We can’t let a little snow stop us from honoring their sacrifice,” said Azziem Underwood, a 23-year King County employee, who took the day off to attend the event.
At the rally, keynote speaker, Rev. Leslie Braxton of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Renton, reminded the crowd that Dr. King and civil rights activists of his era, with their sit-ins, marches, and freedom rides, represented the “original Occupy movement.”
“Dr. King’s legacy was to create justice with peaceful, non-violent protest,” Underwood said. “It’s important that we honor that legacy by fighting for the 99% and pressuring the 1% to do more.”