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MLK Shows the Way

Youth walk celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Story & Photos by Erin Hawkins/Sequim Gazette 

The words of Martin Luther King Jr. were found on colorful posters made by middle school students as they walked the streets of downtown Sequim on Friday, Jan. 13, to demonstrate their support for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For the demonstration, Sequim Middle School students walked the block down North Sequim Avenue onto West Washington Street and continued onto North Third Street back to their school.

This is the second year hundreds of SMS students participated in the event. While most students walked with their peers, others, such as seventh-grader Jack Van de Wege, held a sign that read “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere.”

Sixth-graders Blake McGowan and Perry Sharpes walked together as they showed off their signs that said “Freedom to All! SMS” and “Honor King — End Racism!”

King’s words were found on eighth-grader Olivia Preston’s poster that read “I Have a Dream” while fellow eighth-grader Mary McAleer held a sign representative of the youthful demonstration itself “Together We Stand.”

Students throughout the Sequim School District observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, as a school holiday.

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