Activist, spoken word artist help Bates honor 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Wednesday, January 9

For Immediate Release: Jan. 9, 2013

Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106
Kimberly Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.377.6288

Activist, spoken word artist help Bates honor 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic march on Washington D.C. and "I Have a Dream" speech with a program that will remember the past and celebrate the future.

The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the college's South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma. Spoken word poet Lucas Smiraldo, also known as Vanilla Soul, and local activist and leader from the Civil Rights era, Dr. Moses Harris, will join Master of Ceremonies and former Bates President Lyle Quasim for the event.

On Monday, Jan. 21, students, staff and members of the community will march to the City of Tacoma's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in what has become an annual tradition. The marchers will meet at 9 a.m. for refreshments at the Downtown Campus cafeteria on 11th Street and Yakima Avenue, and will begin the "March for MLK" to the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center at 10 a.m. A shuttle will be available to return marchers to the Downtown Campus following the city's celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

For more information about the celebration and the march, please contact the college's Diversity Center at 253.680.7113, or visit

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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