Edmonds Diversity Commission launches first year of activity

Mario Brown
Mario Brown

The newly formed City of Edmonds Diversity Commission has issued an invitation to all Edmonds residents to come together on Jan. 18, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Appointed in October, the commission has drafted its first-year work plan to be presented to City Council on Jan. 26. In 2016, the Diversity Commission will focus on engaging the community in order to better understand these issues, and to develop strong partnerships to help fulfill its mission of promoting and embracing diversity in Edmonds.

“The Diversity Commission is excited to officially launch in conjunction with the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ,” said Mario Brown, the commission’s newly elected chair. “When we remember Dr. King, we remember the work that it took to move this country forward on equality. That work continues to this day. Our goal as a commission is to shine a light on discrimination in any form while bringing our community together around our common humanity.”

In an announcement issued Monday, the Diversity Commission said the following:

In these challenging times, the Edmonds Diversity Commission would like to remind the community that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a not just a day to celebrate the memory of a great national leader, but also to celebrate his dream. The Commission urges everyone to take time to reflect on what it means to live in a community with dignity and equity for all, as well as to recognize that there is still work to be done.


To participate in South Snohomish County celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the commission suggests attending the presentation by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Edmonds Community College on Jan. 14; joining Global Peace Foundation USA for a day of service; or United Way of Snohomish County’s Day of Service for Teens.

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