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Civic leaders honor MLK in Bellingham

Listen to "Let America Be America Again," on MLK Day

Clyde Ford reads the Langston Hughes poem, " Let America Be America Again," during the annual Martin Luther Kind Jr., Celebration at the Mount Baker Theatre, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
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Clyde Ford reads the Langston Hughes poem, " Let America Be America Again," during the annual Martin Luther Kind Jr., Celebration at the Mount Baker Theatre, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Civic and community leaders led a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Mount Baker Theatre on Monday.

“Dr. King’s life speaks to us today and gives us strength to take on the powers of domination,” said Bellingham City Council member Terry Bornemann, who has helped organize the event annually for two decades. “This year’s theme, Together Against Hate, is an affirmation of radical hospitality and inclusion as we stand against forces that perpetuate injustice.”

A photo exhibit curated by Whatcom Community College student Sarah Kate Kunkel displayed photos taken by refugees in Eastern Europe and Greece that showed scenes of life in exodus from the perspective of those enduring it.

The event was co-sponsored by the Community Food Co-Op, the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, and the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council.

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