Civil rights sing-along set for Mill Creek Library

African-American History Month will be celebrated at the 4th Annual “We Shall Overcome” Sing-Along on Feb. 12 at Mill Creek Library.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway. People of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

Accompanied by violin and guitar, and led by Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, participants will sing the song that inspired one of the greatest freedom movements in U.S. History. Lyrics will be provided.

The sing-along started in 2012. Managing Librarian Darlene Weber asked the Friends of Mill Creek Library how they would like to celebrate African-American History Month. Selma Bonham, an experienced flash mobber, suggested a “We Shall Overcome” flash mob. The idea became reality when then-Sherriff John Lovick agreed to lead.

Lovick has led every year since, and Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey has helped shape it into a moving commemoration of African-American History and the Civil Rights movement.

Parking at the library is limited. Additional parking is available across the street at the Mill Creek Town Center; visitors are urged to use the crosswalk.