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UPDATE: Two of the biggest celebrations of the civil rights icon will be online this year

COURTESY PHOTO: WORLD ARTS FOUNDATION - The poster for the 36th annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan.18, and two of Oregon's biggest tributes to the civil rights leader will be streamed online this year.

The first will be the Skanner Foundation's 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, which will begin at 9 a.m. on the Skanner's YouTube channel here.

The keynote speaker with be Gen. Arthur T. Dean of the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative, who will address health and the African American community. Other speakers include U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Music will be provided by Portland singer/songwriter Tahirah Memory, Jazz musician Mike Phillips, the Portland Symphonic Choir and more.

The World Arts Foundation also will hold its 36th annual celebration virtually because of the pandemic. It will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, and will be broadcast on Open Signal, Facebook, Twitch, KBOO, XRAY.FM and the foundation's website here.

According to the foundation, this year's tribute is titled "Bridge Over Troubled Water," acknowledging the tough times the nation has gone through. It will feature local performers, community leaders, businesses and public officials from across the state and will include highlights from past celebrations.

"To be affiliated not only with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the entire civil rights movement and the people who made that happen — that's the joy in it," said Michael "Chappie" Grice, foundation president.

"We've tried to be forthright over the years and make sure everything we're doing is in honor of the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Ken Berry, foundation secretary/treasurer.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.


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