Portland State University’s annual MLK Tribute Week features a keynote speech by Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.; a day of service for more than 1,000 college students; and workshops on social justice, Oregon black history and leadership development.
Monday, January 20
Service Learning: 5th Annual MLK Day of Service
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., various locations
Hundreds of students from 10 Portland-area colleges and universities create career and college access kits for over 7,000 high school juniors throughout the region.
Tuesday, January 21
Let's Talk Series: Social Justice
10 a.m., Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
The Rev. Deborah R. Brown guides a workshop exploring of privilege as it relates to social justice.
Oregon Black History
1 p.m., Native American Student & Community Center, 710 S.W. Jackson
Writer and educator Walidah Imarisha presents her research on black history in Oregon.
Carrying the Baton: An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
A workshop exploring MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Wednesday, January 22
Panel Discussion: Coalition of Communities of Color
Noon, Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
Portland’s Coalition of Communities of Color will join PSU’s Cultural Centers to host a panel presentation on their Leadership Development Initiative.
Social Event: International Coffee Hour
3 p.m.-6 p.m., Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
International and American students meet to share their experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
Thursday, January 23
Film and Panel Presentation: Know Your Rights
4:30 p.m., Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
Screening of the film “Flex Your Rights - 10 Rules for Dealing with Police” and panel presentation by Judge Eric Bergstrom, public defender Ramon Pagan, and district attorney Nathan Vasquez.
Friday, January 24
Guest Speaker: Decolonizing the Mind
6 p.m., Academic and Student Rec Center, Room 620
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird talks about healing the trauma of colonialism.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Bernice A. King: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
6 p.m., Peter Stott Center, 930 S.W. Hall St.
Bernice A. King, youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and chief executive officer of The King Center, gives the keynote speech for MLK Tribute Week. The evening celebration will include music Linda Hornbuckle and Janice Scroggins.
Tickets: $17 at the Portland State Box Office (bit.ly/berniceking), free to PSU students (one ticket each)