MLK Day of Service

Awakening the Legacy

Western Washington University, in partnership with Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College, and Bellingham Technical College, invites you to join us for this year’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The virtual ceremony will feature New York Times bestselling author and WWU alumna Ijeoma Oluo (’07), as the keynote speaker.

Please join us as we focus on Awakening the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and realize a more inclusive future. Additionally, all are invited to honor the spirit of Dr. King by participating in one of many service opportunities throughout the community.

Martin Luther King Day is an important National Day of Service. Make it a day on, not a day off.

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Featuring New York Times bestselling author and WWU alumna Ijeoma Oluo (’07).

Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
1 p.m.


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Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “So You Want to Talk About Race” and the newly released “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.”

Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among many others.

She has twice been named to the Root 100 list of Most Influential African Americans, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.

She lives in Seattle, Washington.



Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities

Make it a day on, not a day off.

Throughout MLK week, all are encouraged to make a difference through volunteerism and service-learning. Many virtual and COVID-safe volunteer opportunities are available.

Make an Impact

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Whatcom Human Rights Task Force Conference

The 23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice and take actions that will help make Dr. King's ideals reality. 

Learn more at

Northwest Indian College
Bellingham Technical College
Whatcom Community College
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
Western Washington University