MLK Tribute 2018

Thank you for attending Portland State’s MLK Tribute, Living the Legacy: Afrofuturism & Possibilities for Oregon featuring Walidah Imarisha on January 22.

If you have recommendations for a speaker or topic for next year’s MLK Tribute program, email Global Diversity and Inclusion at with the subject line “2019 MLK Tribute.” We appreciate your input!

We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone that made this event possible including the 2018 MLK Planning Committee and countless others. 

You can view the full 2018 Tribute event via Facebook Live below:

View the photo album from the event.


Living the Legacy:
Afrofuturism and
Possibilities for Oregon




JAN. 22
Doors open at 6PM | Program starts at 7PM
SMSU Ballroom 1825 SW Broadway

Additional 100 tickets for PSU students will be made available at the PSU Box Office on January 8, 2018.
Overflow live-steam will be held in the Multicultural Center (SMSU 228). Doors open at 6PM. Space is limited, please arrive early.
Hear public scholar, organizer and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha connect Oregon’s past and present to the concept of a racially just future.

Walidah is the winner of a 2017 Oregon Book Award for Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. She has also taught classes in Portland State University’s Black Studies department and at Stanford University.

“Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does…”
- Walidah Imarisha

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and consider the link between his work and contemporary social justice movements.


This event is presented by Global Diversity & Inclusion

Portland State Univeristy