Every January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day to recognize and honor the life and work of Dr. King to create a more racially just and equitable world. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks’ arrest, and his activism helped enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The ripples Dr. King created can be felt today. In honor of his dream, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is holding its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Fest on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. It’s a free event for all, with music and dance performances throughout the day.
There will be performances by Wenatchee Hula Napuanani O'Opalipali, celebrating the people and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Plus, a Native flute and blessing, a Fiestas Mexicanas performance, a show by WHS Mariachi, an Irish dance by An Daire Wenatchee, and much more.
Booth displays will share art, food, crafts, clothes, pictures, and more from the many diverse cultures represented in the valley; including the cultures of Japan, Mexico, Peru, Ireland, Ghana, Pacific Northwest Indigenous tribes, and more.
Kids will learn and connect with the cultural traditions through arts and crafts and a passport activity, where they will receive a sticker in their individual passport for each cultural booth they travel to.
The City of Wenatchee will award the Annual Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards during the program as well.
This is a great opportunity to experience the many local cultural and heritage groups that make up the tapestry of our community. You can find out more at https://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/event/martin-luther-king-jr-multicultural-fest-2/.