Seattle-area activists, revelers and curiosity-seekers came out by the thousands on Monday to celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. while pushing to continue the late civil rights leader’s mission.
Celebrants gather in the parking lot of Garfield High School on Monday, Jan. before the annual Martin Luther King Jr. march to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.
"I try to do it every year. It's for the unity, it's for the message, it's for his dream. [The march] is the least hateful environment in the whole city right now." -Rose Burnley, 44, Columbia City
Many packed the Garfield High School gym for a rally sponsored by the MLK Celebration Committee before marching en masse down to Westlake Park, beaming at the sunny sky and carrying signs in support of King’s “dream,” as well as a $15 minimum wage, a new addition from previous years. I asked a few folks why they came out to march. See their answers here.