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Local officials and others to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually on Monday, Jan. 18

PMG FILE PHOTO - King City Mayor Ken Gibson was one of the speakers at last years Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Tigard Public Library. He returns this year, joining Tigard Mayor Jason Snider for a talk.To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a special virtual "Awareness in Action" gathering is set for Monday, Jan. 18, via Zoom. The event, hosted by the Metro Race Unity Team, the Tualatin Public Library and the Tigard Baha'i community, runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Guest speakers and their topics include:

• Walt Williams and Leonard Bell, who are co-presenting on the topic "What You Should Know." Williams is mayor of the city of Rivergrove. Bell serves on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Portland.

• Jim Harrison, who will speak on the "Warrior of Justice and Radical Side of King." Harrison is a history and humanities professor and the former chair of the social science department on the Cascade campus of Portland Community College.

• Mayors Ken Gibson and Jason Snider will speak on "What You Can Do; Steps You Can Take." Gibson is the mayor of King City; Snider the mayor of Tigard.

• Members of the Tigard High School Black Student Union. Those students helped with video clips asking other youth questions such as, "What would MLK say today?"

The event will be emceed by Katharine Phelps, with members of the Lake Oswego Baha'i community and Respond to Racism, a neighborhood effort to interrupt racism in Lake Oswego, present as well.

Visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89872481521. No registration is required.


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