DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, December 6th, 2019.

The organizing committee for the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Saturday Conference invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation. We encourage a variety of presentation formats, in addition to standard 50-minute workshops.

Preference will be given to individuals and groups that did not present at the 2019 Conference.  Proposals from presenters at the 2019 conference will be considered if space is available.

To submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form.

If you prefer, you can download and complete the Conference Proposal Form (PDF) and then email the completed form to or mail it to WHRTF, P.O. Box 653, Bellingham, WA 98227.

More Information

The Conference will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Whatcom Community College, Syre Student Center, Bellingham, WA.

Our theme this year is:

Tomorrow is Today – the Fierce Urgency of NOW.

These are the values that Dr. King gave his life for.

Therefore, we are asking that all submissions include in their proposal the following:

  • How your workshop relates to the theme of the conference.
  • How your workshop reflects and honors Dr. King.
  • The ways in which your session’s presentation will engage, inspire, and empower participants.
  • The age group(s) that would gain the most from your session.

We encourage all presenters to commit to attending the full day of the Conference, if possible, so participants can speak with and learn from you throughout the day. Presentations that offer fresh perspectives about the impact of systemic violence on our communities will have preference.

If you have an idea for a workshop that reflects the heart of Dr. King’s message and would like support in bringing the idea to fruition, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

The Conference doors open at 9 AM for registration and the last event concludes at 4 PM. The conference will feature a keynote presentation, and morning and afternoon workshop sessions. During the lunch break, there will be food vendors on site, as well as various opportunities for informal social interaction and individual creative expression. Community resource tables and light refreshments will be available throughout the day in the foyer/registration area.

Thank you for considering this invitation. We look forward to receiving your Proposal.


The 2020 Conference Planning Committee of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

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