The City of Tacoma’s signature event, the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, seeks to build on that message by highlighting young men of color as community assets. Often, the narrative around young men of color is one of violence and deficiency. During this event, we want to challenge that narrative while acknowledging the institutional and structural systems that create barriers to justice for young men of color. We encourage the entire community to join together to celebrate Monday, January 18, 2016 as a day on, not a day off. This year’s theme is Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Change.