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Local tributes and activites planned for national holiday on Jan. 20 that honors slain civil rights leader

PMG FILE PHOTO - Sarah Porter and daughter Ainsley, 7, were among volunteers who helped package frozen carrots and green beans at the Oregon Food Bank West in Beaverton, during the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year's day will feature many opportunities to volunteer for the community. 

The life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 20, which is a national holiday. Here are some of the major local events:

14th Annual Drum Major Empower the Dream Scholarship Luncheon and Ecumenical Service Weekend Celebration

When: Saturday Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19

Where: Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church

3138 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland,

MLK Day at the University of Portland

The University of Portland is inaugurating an annual MLK Day event with local writer, activist, educator and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha leading a discussion on the question, "Why aren't there more black people in Oregon?"

The event is titled MLK Day ON 2020: Engage. Reflect. Serve. It also will feature guest singer Julianne Johnson, a 1983 graduate and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and songwriter.

What: MLK Day ON 2020

When: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20

Where: University of Portland's Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. (Overflow room: Brian Doyle Auditorium in Dundon-Berchtold Hall)

Admission: Free, but RSVP to Everbrite at www.tinyurl.com/v9hc5gk

35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

Annual free arts celebration dedicated to King's life, featuring speakers and performances by many local organizations and schools, "America's Got Talent" semifinalist Danell Daymon and international opera star Angela Brown. Presented by the nonprofit World Arts Foundation.

What: Annual Portland celebration of King's life

When: Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20

Where: Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St., Portland

More information: www.worldartsfoundation.org

34th annual Skanner Foundation Breakfast

The Skanner Foundation is hosting its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

What: 34th annual Skanner Breakfast

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland

Tickets: To reserve individual tickets or tables, go to www.theskanner.com/skanner-mlk-breakfast

In addition, numerous local organizations and institutions hold annual volunteer MLK Day of Service activities. There is no central directory, but you can find them by searching online.


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