• Tara Bowen-Biggs

January 2021 Virtual Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Updated: Jan 18

Last week, we witnessed white supremacy in full force, as terrorists stormed our nation’s Capitol and legislators openly expressed their opposition to justice and equality. Respond to Racism remains deeply committed to our mission — to combat racism in all its forms, and make LO - and Oregon - into a better place to live for residents of all races and ethnicities.

We ask you to join us in this mission to transform our community.

We look forward to upcoming events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and encourage all to partake:

Events on MLK Jr Day, January 18, 2021

35th Annual MLK Skanner Breakfast

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 9 - 10 am

The breakfast will feature the Foundation’s programs and accomplishments, inspirational speaker addressing relevant issues facing our community and country. The highlight of the event is the presentation of scholarships and awards.

MLK Jr. Celebration Event sponsored by Oregon State University Foundation

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:30am

The event kicks of with this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Dr. Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world.

Sr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Lake Oswego

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

This beloved 30 year tradition continues as a virtual recording that includes a video clip of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and features inspiring performances by children and youth from Lake Oswego's Bahá’í, UCC, and Beit Haverim communities. We invite you to view this special community celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.

World Arts Foundation

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 12 - 5 pm

36th Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Televised retrospective highlighting community members, activists, community leaders, local businesses and youth who have participated in their celebration of Dr. King over the years. “As we look back on our legacy, we recognize we stand not only on the shoulders of those who came before us but those who are among us.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. - Portland Playhouse Community Reading

Monday, January 18, 2021 from 4-6 pm via Zoom for a community reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sermon "The American Dream," originally delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA on July 4, 1965.

The community reading will be followed by time for folks to chat and share a meal together. Celebrate the goodness and support a local business by ordering your meal from one of Portland’s Black-owned restaurants

11th Annual Yamhill County Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 5:45pm

Spanish translation available on the Zoom platform; ASL interpretation available

Keynote speaker Dr. Carol Parker Walsh, career strategist and coach; musical guest Marilyn R. Keller; guest reading by sixth grader Zinabu Czarnecki; guest spoken word artist Hannah Lee; and MC Bryce Coefield (he/him/his), activist/scholar.

MLK Celebration in Tigard/Tualatin

Monday January 18, 2021 - 7 - 8:30 pm

Join us for MLK 2021: Awareness in Action. The program will feature music by Ben Rice and guest speakers: Mayor Ken Gibson, Mayor Jason Snider, Mayor Walt Williams, Leonard Bell, and members of the Tigard High School Black Student Union.

Thursday January 21, 2021 7 - 9 pm

Using Conversations to Heal the Racial Divide

Join Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) for a free online presentation by noted author and educator, Judi Moore Latta, PhD. The presentation will be moderated by Ms. Victoria Morgan, followed by an interactive discussion. The mission of Take PART is to confront racism and to engage in dismantling the systems that perpetuate ingrained racial inequality. See past events on their YouTube channel.

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 11:00pm

Multicultural Children's Book Day

This annual event celebrates the diversity in children’s literature and in our own community. Sharing stories from our own cultural backgrounds encourages us to discover similarities and to celebrate differences.

Ongoing January and February

Portland State University- MLK: The Living Legacy Series

Registration: https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/mlk-tribute

The Silence of Our Friends: The Anti-Racist Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 5:30 pm via Zoom

This multimedia lecture presented by antiracist educator, Lasana Hotep, will take participants on a journey behind the experiences that shaped Dr. King, his contribution to the current Antiracist movement and the global impact of his work to create a more racially just world.

Teach-in: From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity

Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Presented by the Campus Collaboration, whose goal is to support community-based programming that centers ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and liberation.

In Conversation: Time Traveling through Portland’s Black Life

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 5:30pm via Zoom

A PSU Faculty Panel featuring: Walidah Imarisha, Director, Center for Black Studies and Assistant Professor, Black Studies; Julius McGee, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies & Planning and Black Studies; and Darrell Millner, Professor Emeritus, Black Studies

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:30pm

Provost's Lecture Series - Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

A conversation with Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color in space, national science literacy ambassador, advocate for racial leaps in knowledge, technology, design and thinking on Earth and beyond.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm

Provost’s Lecture Series featuring Ibram X. Kendi

A conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, historian, award-winning author, journalist and today’s leading antiracist voice in America. He is the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.


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