Equity and Inclusion

Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, Edmonds Community College celebrates the life, work, and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration brings the community together through dance, music, and inspirational speakers to encourage growth as culturally competent citizens with understanding and respect for our changing community.

2015 MLK Celebration

Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE) thanks both campus and community members for joining in this year's Edmonds Community College in the annual MLK Jr. Community Celebration. We were honored to have Emory Douglas on campus!

Check out Emory's message on "Painting 'The World House' " here:

Keynote Speaker: Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense remains one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by the charismatic Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the fall of 1966, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the subjugation of black people in the United States. As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas's political artwork articulated the party's messages of black freedom. For close to five decades, Douglas has dedicated his life and art to social justice. As a commercial art student at the City College of San Francisco in early 1967, Douglas used his talents to design props and sets for the Black Arts Movement, which operated at San Francisco State.

In late 1967, he joined the Black Panther Party, and after several months, became production manager of the Black Panther Party Intercommunal Newspaper until the party's demise in 1982. Douglas's artistic talents proved a powerful force. His striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era's most iconic images of the black power movement. From 1984 to 2005 Douglas worked as a layout artist and graphic designer for the black owned Sun Reporter Publishing Company in San Francisco. Today, Douglas continues to use his art as a tool to raise social consciousness of injustice. With the publishing of his book, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Artwork of Emory Douglas in 2007, Douglas has gone on to serve as Artist in Residence at Elam International School of Fine Arts, in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as collaborated on numerous public art projects across the United States, and around the world.

Resource Guide

The Resource Guide for Edmonds CC's MLK Celebration and Emory Douglas is now available here: Meet Emory Douglas. We hope you find this useful! 

For more on Emory Douglas and his work:

Emory Douglas Facebook | Emory Douglas Artwork | Emory Douglas at MOCA

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors! 2015 EdCC MLK Celebration

  • Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE)
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Brown Bag Lecture Series
  • Diversity Student Center
  • Black Student Union
  • Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL)
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Edmonds School District
  • Hampton Inn and Suites

MLK Community Planning Team:

Edmonds Community College staff:

Ksenia Koon, Director of Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement
Clearview Hall, Room 122 | 206.940.2537

Aaron Modica, CATCH Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist
Gateway Hall, Room 207 | 425.640.1240

Nicki Sunwall, Program Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion
Clearview Hall, Room 122 | 425.640.1538 

Get involved!

There are many ways to participate in the MLK events and we encourage and welcome our community to not only attend but to get involved! If you are interested in sponsorship, volunteering, participating, attending, or want to partner in this celebration contact one of our planning team members. We look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you.