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MLK Jr. Week

From January 19th to January 27th, 2018, Lewis & Clark College dedicates an entire week of service, learning, and action to commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists. We offer featured speakers, events, and opportunities for service.


2018 Theme: “Beloved Community: Redefine, Reenvision, and Rebuild”


Friday, January 19th, 2018

I Am Not Your Negro Film Screening
Council Chamber
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public


I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. 



Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Martin Luther King Service Day
Meet in Stamm
*Free to Attend

Martin Luther King Service Day honors Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders through volunteer service and learning. Indoor and outdoor projects are available with community partners including Call to Safety, Community Cycling Center, Friends of Terwilliger, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Metro Parks and Nature, Oregon Humane Society, and Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC). Meet at 11:30am in Stamm and transportation is provided to each service site. Register here!


Monday, January 22nd, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King Lecture Featuring The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. 
6:00pm with reception to follow
Law School, Legal Research Center
Please RSVP here.
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public








The remarkable legal career of the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Retired Judge of the Superior Court has afforded him a direct role in the civil rights movement and legislative reform. 



Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Art & Activism Panel Discussion 
Council Chamber
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public

This panel will be moderated by Professor James Padilioni Jr. (2017-18 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow). It will feature local artists from the Portland community exploring the intersections of art, creativity, activism, and what this means for the Beloved Community. 

Dr. Derrais Carter (pronounced like Paris) is an assistant professor of Black Studies. His research interests include 20th century African American history, gender and sexuality studies, and black cultural studies.

bart fitzgerald’s work explores black sociality, religion and queerness through a lens of liberation theology as base ideology for radical living. They make work as an visual artist, writer, lecturer and curator of vibrant life for black folks in Portland, OR.

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator and writer.  She is the creator of the graphic novel, Black Picket Fences, and the co-founder and editor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or genderqueer.


Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Blood Drive with Student Leadership & Service
9:00am - 3:00pm
*Free to Attend

Save lives locally! Donate with Bloodworks NW, a Pacific NW-based nonprofit that supplies all Legacy and Providence Hospitals in Oregon. 


Thursday, January 25th, 2018

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle
ne-Man Visual Chronicle by Emmy Award winning actor Ron Jones

Council Chamber
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public 

 Sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Chamberlin Lectureship Endowment

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle is a visual chronicle which highlights many of the political, social and cultural markers of the roughly 50 years since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This theatrical production features Emmy Award winning actor Ron Jones. Jones plays multiple characters and takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. Supported by interactive video, stock historical footage, quotes, and some of the most memorable music of the last two generations, Jones weaves the tapestry of struggle and triumph.  

The performance will be followed up by an open discussion with the audience.



Saturday, January 27th, 2018

SLS Attends NAACP Meeting
Start at Templeton 237 for carpool
Register Here (Transportation is limited)
*Free to Attend

NAACP - Portland is an all-volunteer group working for racial justice, economic equity, police accountability, and leadership development. Come learn about their latest efforts and how you can get involved! Student Leadership and Service will provide free transportation to and from this meeting. Please note that these times include transportation.



MLK Week 2018 Co-chairs: Asia Wooten, CAS Student, and Angela Buck, Interim Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement

MLK Week 2018 Planning Committee Members: Harold McNaron, Director of Student Leadership and Service; Mark Duntley, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life; James Padilioni Jr., 2017-18 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow (History); Ambrea Crawford, Interim Program Manager for IME & ISS; and Madeline Welch, Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Service