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Event set for Jan. 20 at the cultural center will include talk by a prominent minister, music and breakout sessions

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Chehalem Cultural Center will host the 10th anniversary of celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 in its grand ballroom.

The Chehalem Cultural Center will host the 10th anniversary of celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 in its grand ballroom.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a musical prelude by Newberg High School's choir Vocal Point will soon follow. The program begins at 6 p.m. with keynote speaker the Rev. Leroy Barber, then attendees will be entertained by the Christopher Brown Jazz Quartet and a performance by Newberg Ballet Folklorico, who will perform a traditional folk dance of Mexico.

Barber is a community organizer, educator, author and spiritual leader who has, according to a release from the CCC, "dedicated 30 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. King called 'the beloved community.'"

He is the developer of congregational vitality with the Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Church, co-founder of the Voices Project and an adjunct professor at Kilns College and Multnomah University. He is also a member of the board of directors for The Simple Way, Mission Alliance, the Evangelical Environmental Network and former board chairman of the Christian Community Development Association.

At 7 p.m. attendees can join one of five breakout sessions facilitated by the Oregon Humanities Project. A breakout session for high school-age individuals will be available too, as will art activities for children third to eighth grade.

The breakout sessions will concentrate, according to the release, "on ideas and issues surrounding inclusivity, social justice, race and leadership." Live Spanish translation can be provided for breakout sessions upon request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 17.

The CCC is joining with the city of Newberg, Chehalem Park and Recreation District, Newberg Kiwanis and Newberg Noon Rotary in sponsoring the event.

For more information, call event planner Rick Muthiah at 503-332-4940 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the event's founder, Lionel Muthiah, at 503-537-2209.


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