MLK Tribute 2016
Black Lives Matter founders to honor Dr. King's legacy
Two founders of the Black Lives Matter movement will speak at the Portland State MLK Tribute on February 16 as part of Black History Month and Living the Legacy, a series of events starting this week to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter in 2013 in response to the acquittal in Florida of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Spurred by the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Missouri and other deaths of black people, Black Lives Matter has grown to become an international movement promoting social justice and civil rights and condemning racial violence.
Garza and Tometi will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Peter Stott Center at PSU. Tickets for the event are sold out, but PSU will livestream it to the Smith Memorial Student Union to accommodate more attendees. Overflow tickets are free and will be available later in January from the PSU Box Office online or by phone at 503-725-3307.
Week of Events:
Though campus will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Portland State community is invited to make this day off a “day on” by volunteering in the Portland area in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.
The 2016 MLK Day of Service—part of PSU’s larger slate of Living the Legacy events honoring the memory of Dr. King—will bring together more than 500 students, staff and children ages 6 and older from nine local colleges and universities. Buses will leave from Portland State at 8:30 a.m. for a kickoff rally at Mt. Hood Community College, then continue to service sites throughout East Portland and Gresham. Buses will return volunteers to PSU at 3:30 p.m. Volunteers planning to participate are required to register through this online form.
Living the Legacy events are scheduled Monday through Friday this week and are sponsored by campus groups including Student Community Engagement Center, the Resource Center for Students with Children, and Diversity and Multicultural Student Services. The schedule is:
- Monday: MLK Day of Service
- Tuesday: From Bayard Rustin to BLM: Queering the Movement Since the 1960s, Why Black Lives Matter and Dreams for the Future: An Event for Families
- Wednesday: Know Your Rights, Black Caucus, and Living His Dream: MLK Keynote with Dr. Stephen Graves & Soul Food Reception
- Thursday: Breakfast with the Cause and A Night of Hip Hop
- Friday: Popcorn & Pop Culture: MLK in Popular Media and “I Am Superwoman” Empowering Women in the Movement
Photo caption: (from left) Patrisse Cullors (unable to attend), Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi