Reminder about Monday holiday, annual MLK, Jr. Human Rights Conference, and City of Bellingham activities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

All Bellingham Public Schools and the District Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Please note for planning purposes: The 2020-21 school year calendar and key dates for 2021-22 and 2022-23 can be viewed on our calendars webpage.


Martin Luther King, Jr. activities for staff and families

Conference: In advance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force (WHRTF) will present the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference, this year online over several days. The conference will be held Jan. 14 to 16, 2021 with virtual programming.

This year’s conference theme is “Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit: Dangerous Unselfishness,” referenced in Dr. King’s April 3, 1968 speech, 24 hours before his death. The conference is free and open to all members of the community, including students. Online workshops and keynotes will be facilitated by poets, artists, educators, community organizers and activists with clock hours available for educators, mental health counselors and therapists. Many sessions available to young adults (14+). More information about the conference is available online or email

City of Bellingham MLK, Jr. Day volunteer activities and virtual event:  The City of Bellingham is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year by promoting volunteer outdoor stewardship activities and co-hosting a virtual celebration from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18.

Join one of several community-led volunteer work parties or restore habitat in your own backyard. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed and you need to preregister. Afterwards, celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King at the city’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, a virtual event this year from noon to 1 p.m. The event will feature music by the Kulshan Chorus, a blessing by Lummi tribal member Darrell Hillaire and Children of the Setting Sun, remarks from Mayor Fleetwood, plus selections from Dr. King’s speeches. You will need to sign up to receive the link for the virtual event. Go to the City of Bellingham website for more information.