Martin Luther King Jr. conference on Jan. 17 open to all ages

The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center invite the community to attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Syre Center at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Road.

Doors open for Bellingham School District educators to register clock hours at 9:30 a.m.

This year’s theme, “Making the Dream Our Reality,” will be addressed by award-winning educator Erin Jones, director of equity and achievement for Federal Way Public Schools. Jones was honored by the White House as one of 10 education leaders who have devoted their professional careers to helping further education achievement among African-American students.

Skill-building workshops will follow and be facilitated by community educators and activists. One or more workshops will be geared towards youth. With the exception of teachers registering clock hours, no registration is needed to attend. Posters and programs with complete workshop listings can be viewed and downloaded at whrtf.org.

Light refreshments will provided throughout the morning, and food vendors will provide lunch options for sale. The event is free and open to people of all ages, with students and educators encouraged to attend. Details: 360-383-3000, 360-733-2233.