As we celebrate the profound impact and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, many events will give us the chance to do so in our own communities.

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference put on by Whatcom Human Rights Task Force kicked off on Thursday, January 12th, with a poetry night. The esteemed conference continues Friday, January 13th, at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony followed by a keynote conversation on environmental justice, intersectionality, and community-centered co-creation.

Attendees register here for numerous workshops on Saturday, January 14th. Three sessions at different time blocks will discuss topics that include food, education, unions, and housing.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day itself, Monday, January 16, Western Washington University will hold a special event called Now is the Time that features a free community breakfast, performances, and speeches.

The day’s events honor that in the spirit of Dr. King, now is the time to build community by fighting for human rights, equity, and inclusion. The keynote speech will be given by award-winning organizer LaTosha Brown.

Anyone unable to attend in person may still watch the livestream of the event.

If you don’t live in the Bellingham area, you can find something to do where you live.

The Mission Ministry Faith Center in Oak Harbor hosts an annual celebration on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Visit 1751 Goldie Rd Ste D1, Oak Harbor, WA to take part, or learn about the center here.

Any Washington resident can enjoy the Washington State Parks for free on the holiday instead of paying the typical $10 to visit the parks or buying a yearly Discover Pass. Getting outside, either just you or with others, is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the day.

If you can’t make these events, you can still effect change by dedicating time to your community through service and volunteer work.