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MLK Jr. Week of Service, Learning and Action

Lewis & Clark College dedicates an entire week to commemorate the movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We offer featured programs, events and opportunities for service. January 19 to January 23, 2015.

2015 THEME: “WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.”

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This year’s theme, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” is from a June Jordan poem:

“…The whispers too they
intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit now aroused they
carousing in ferocious affirmation of all peaceable and loving amplitude
sound a certainly unbounded heat from a baptismal smoke where yes
there will be fire

And the babies cease alarm as mothers
raising arms and heart high as the stars so far unseen
nevertheless hurl into the universe a moving force
irreversible as light years traveling to the open
eye

And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing back into the mountains and
if necessary even under the sea

we are the ones we have been waiting for.”  (from Passion 1980 - June Jordan)

 

Monday  1/19/15

MLK Day of Service is a multi-institutional collaboration among 14 colleges and universities in the greater-Portland metro area. The event brings students, staff, and faculty from across Portland together to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.  Annually, this is the largest mobilization of college students in the country on MLK Day.  Click here to register…

Art Build with the Pluralism and Unity Board (PUB) to kick off MLK Week 4-7pm in Thayer (Templeton Student Center). Drop in and create social justice-themed art in a community space! Use a variety of art supplies (provided) as a medium to reflect on Dr. King, his legacy and this year’s MLK Theme. Click here for more information…

Tuesday 1/20/15

Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - 7pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Please join us for live music and readings (selected and shared by LC students, staff and faculty) as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more information…

Wednesday 1/21/15

Screening and Discussion of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot - 4-5:30pm in Council Chamber.  Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of this American civil rights leader. After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attacks to turn herself “inside out” and embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic, ” and named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.  For more information…

Thursday 1/22/15

From MLK to Michael Brown #blacklivesmatter  - 6-7:30pm in Stamm West. This Social Justice Teach-in led by Lewis & Clark College’s Amnesty International chapter is for LC community members who have an advanced understanding of racial justice. Limited to 50 people; RSVP required. Free. To register and for more information…

Friday 1/23/15

Community Dinner and Dialogue to discuss the new movie, Selma - 5:30-7pm in the Gregg Pavilion. This gathering is an opportunity for community members to gather and discuss the new film, Selma, which is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey and will be released on December 25, 2014.   The film is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and John Lewis. Limited to 50 people; RSVP Required. Free.  To register and for more information…

Social Justice Tour

The Lewis & Clark College’s Social Justice Tour highlights instances of student activism and social justice throughout the history of Lewis & Clark College. This tour strives to highlight the positive changes that have come as a result of collective action taken by students, staff, and faculty. IME will be giving a Social Justice Tour once a day throughout the week. Click here to register for a tour…

 
Other MLK-related Events:
Friday 1/30/15

LC Screening of Dear White People - 7:30pm in Council Chambers. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien’s playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist (and that drug dealers don’t count), she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification. Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University’s all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy.  For more information…

Wednesday 2/4/15

An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean and the 20th Anniversary of the movie “Dead Man Walking” - 7pm in Agnes Flanagan Chapel with a reception and book signing to follow in the Gregg Pavilion. 

I don’t see capital punishment as a peripheral issue about some criminals at the edge of society that people want to execute. I see the death penalty connected to the three deepest wounds of our society:  racism, poverty, and violence.  – Sr. Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world  giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller.  Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Lewis & Clark College.  Free and open to the public. RSVP Required (limited to 400 people)  For more information and to RSVP…