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MLK Jr. Week of Service

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


The Audacity of Justice: Civil Rights as Human Rights

In honor and recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, our theme this year: The Audacity of Justice: Civil Rights as Human Rights derives from his acceptance speech

On December 10, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. accepts the Nobel Prize for Peace and says, “I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has NOT won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.”

In 50 years, how far have we actually come? The civil rights movement still exists and there is much more work to be done. Come learn about how you can commit to the unrelenting struggle and join us this year to honor The Audacity of Justice: Civil Rights as Human Rights.


Monday, January 20, 2014

The celebration begins Monday, January 20th with a Day of Service from 8:30 am-2:00 pmMLK Day of Service is a higher education collaborative that brings college students together to learn about the beliefs, life, and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, hundreds of Portland-area college students honor Dr. King through service and learning at David Douglas High School and other east county organizations. In pursuit of an Education as a Civil Right theme, volunteers will complete facility improvement projects and produce career and college access kits for over 7,000 high school juniors throughout the region. Participate in the 2014 MLK Day of Service by registering here. 

Kick-off celebration ends on Monday, January 20th at 7:00 pm in Agnes Flanagan Chapel where students, staff, and faculty will do readings of Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech paired with jazz music from Devin Phillips, a jazz musician from New Orleans. Lewis & Clark Ombuds, Valerie White will give the closing remarks.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What does it mean to be an ally for social justice? The Ally For Social Justice Workshop is open to all students on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm in the Gregg Pavilion. In response to student requests, this workshop aims to address the needs of the LC community related to allyship and social justice work. In this workshop, we will explore how our social identities, power, privilege, and oppression play a role in allyship. Who and what is an ally? What does it mean to be an ally? How can someone with privileged identities be an ally? Why is allyship important to social movements? This workshop is co-facilitated by Sally Eck, faculty and social justice educator at Portland State University and Valerie White, Lewis & Clark Ombuds. Register here for this workshop! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27th at 5:30 pm at the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Legal Research Center, Bill Lann Lee, J.D. will deliver the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture. Bill Lann Lee was the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2001. Lewis & Clark Law School’s Endowed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Series was made possible by the generous support of Lee Matthews ’73 and Jacqueline Alexander ’07. Register here for this event.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist, renowned national correspondent, news anchor, and activist will share her personal and professional journey as a civil rights and social justice advocate over the last five decades. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, desegregated the University of Georgia by being one of the first two African American students to enroll in 1961.

Please join us for an evening with Charlayne Hunter-Gault! Doors open to the Chapel at 6:30 PM with the program starting at 7:00 PM. Immediately following the lecture will be a book signing opportunity in the Gregg Pavilion. Copies of To the Mountain Top will be available for purchase!

Sponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Chamberlin Lecture Series.


Stay tuned for more information. Visit our Facebook Event Page for more information. Continue the conversation and contribute to the learning at #MLKWOS. 

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