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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spokane is holding its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade today and event organizers are hoping for their best turnout ever. As we all remember, it was just one year ago when a man tried to disrupt this important event celebrating unity and the lessons of Dr. King with a bomb. Fortunately, the device was found and disabled before it caused any harm. The suspect was found and apprehended, and is now facing justice in our legal system after pleading guilty last September.

I believe this failed attempt at violence brought our community even closer together, showing yet again how adversity can bring the best out of us. I collaborated with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich to host a forum entitled “Understanding threats in our community” last Jan. 22. The event, held well before the suspect was apprehended, displayed how strong, resilient and unified our community has become over the years. I am so proud of this distinction.

I wish I could be there to attend our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in person, but I am in Olympia where we are also honoring Dr. King. The Washington State House of Representatives honored Dr. King and his legacy this morning. During today’s celebration, I was reminded of the first speech I ever gave on the House floor, which was to honor the legacy of Dr. King. As we celebrate his life today, we don’t just honor an American hero – we honor a man who changed the mind of America by changing the hearts of Americans. You can find the video of my speech here or by clicking on the picture to the right, and the text of my speech here.

Thank you, Dr. King, for all you have done for our community and nation; we honor you.


Kevin Parker

State Representative Kevin Parker, 6th Legislative District
421 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7922 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000