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Dr. Martin Luther King Program

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In honor of the Civil Rights leader and social activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Bellevue hosts a special keynote at Bellevue City Hall challenging us to critically reflect about our individual and collective roles in building a beloved community.

Bellevue welcomes youth author and activist, Azure Savage, who wrote You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools as this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. keynote.

Azure is a black, queer, transgender student sharing his experiences and that of other youth of color and the pervasive ways that race impacts their educational experiences, identity, and mental health.

While the personal stories and interviews are from students in Seattle, this book was written as a response to racial inequities within the education system. Since its release, Azure has engaged with administrators to elevate understanding and inform restorative actions to reduce and eliminate harm to students of color.

*Use of public transportation or carpooling is encouraged. Limited parking will be available for the duration of the event at the Meydenbauer Center parking garage.

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