MLK Day 2021 was the first to face the covid quarantine, but Seattleites still came out strong to protest racism and police officer’s violent profiling of Black people and championed Martin Luther King Jr.’s methods of direct action. People gathered for a march starting at Garfield High School — a 39-year-old tradition. This main, organized march traveled from the high school in Seattle’s Central District to downtown. As the day progressed, protesters blocked Interstate 5, where it intersected the march route, and 12 served as barriers, with their bodies, for marching to proceed south on the highway. They linked arms and sat down in front of the oncoming traffic. It is unknown whether this was a planned demonstration. Police were ready and waiting. Several police officers lifted, handcuffed and detained these protesters immediately.
Read more of the Jan. 20-26, 2021 issue.