MLK Day-related Portland events on tap
Now is still the time
The 16th Annual Drum Major Ecumenical Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Vancouver Avenue first Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland.
The event will feature music, remarks, and the entire "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. King.
Rev. Dr. J.W. Matt Hennessee, Senior Servant, invites everyone to attend. More information is available at vafbc.org/news or by calling 503-282-9496.
Skanner Foundation holds MLK Day breakfast
The Skanner Foundation's 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast virtual event will stream here starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.
The event can also be viewed at theskanner.com/mlk-breakfast and on the foundation's YouTube Channel @theskannernews.
In past years, the breakfast has hosted more than a thousand attendees, often including the governor and both state and U.S. senators and representatives. Out of caution for yet another surge in the pandemic, the foundation has elected to hold its celebration on a virtual platform for a second year. While the social dynamic may feel different, this year's line-up is no less impressive. In addition to inspiring words from our elected officials, you'll hear from previous student scholarship winners and enjoy local musical talent.
'Keep Alive The Dream'
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17, the Hollywood Theatre will host a screening of the film "Keep Alive The Dream," which documents African-American communities in Oregon honoring King.
The film highlights the World Arts Foundation Inc.'s annual MLK tribute event. The screening will be at 3 p.m. and the day's program also includes live music and a question-answer session with community members.
More information is available at hollywoodtheatre.org/events/keep-alive-the-dream/.
Defining abolition: Black people liberate themselves
The Portland Community College MLK Racial Justice Campus Collaborative is hosting A Virtual Racial Justice Teach-in to honor of the legacy and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The online event will focus on the history, theory and practice of abolition, with the understanding that white supremacy suppresses social imagination; Black people liberate themselves.
Rooted in Black/African diasporic feminisms, abolition has defined anti-oppression, anti-colonial and anti-racist organizing nationally and globally. In keeping with the abolitionist tradition, this event seeks to create a space where Black community activists can convene to envision a world liberated from white supremacy, colonialism and racism.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. Program details and registration information can be found here.
March for Human Rights and Dignity
Don't Shoot Portland will lead the annual march to commemorate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will begin with a rally in Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks, at noon, followed by the march on Monday, Jan. 17.
Community members are encouraged to bring donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouth wash, brushes/combs, new socks, gloves and tents. Organizers say all items will go directly to Portland houseless communities.
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