Several events in Bellingham will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
- The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center invite the community to the free Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Syre Center, Whatcom Community College.
The theme is "Uniting Human Rights and Environmental Justice." Keynote speaker and Lummi Council member Jay Julius will discuss issues of environmental importance to tribes.
Skill-building workshops will follow and be facilitated by community educators and activists. Among the speakers are Matt Petryni, Tip Johnson, Beth Brownfield, Juanita Jefferson and Jewell James. Details: whrtf.org, 360-734-0217.
- The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, Whatcom Volunteer Center, the City of Bellingham and other organizations host a free breakfast for community members who will participate in volunteer projects and work parties throughout Whatcom County at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Bellingham High School. The third annual Poverty March begins at 11 a.m. at the school and travels to City Hall on Lottie Street. Details: 360-734-0217, 360-734-3055, whatcompjc.org.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In, facilitated by student volunteers from Western Washington University's Center for Service-Learning, runs from 10 a .m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Children age 3 to 8 are invited to hear stories about diversity, multiculturalism, and the civil rights movement. Parents are welcome to participate. Details: 360-650-7542, wwu.edu/csl.
- The Community Food Co-op hosts its annual poetry reading and open mic at 6 p.m. Monday at the downtown location, 1220 N. Forest St., emceed by poet and co-op employee Kevin Murphy. People are invited to share a poem or song that focuses on diversity, human rights or related issues (please limit presentations to five minutes). Details: 360-734-8158, communityfood.coop.
Reach Margaret Bikman at email@example.com or 360-715-2273.