MLK Week 2019


 2019 Theme: “Reclaiming Our Time”


From January 22nd to January 31st, 2019, 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. This year’s federal holiday is on Monday, January 21st and the College will be closed. 


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Law Lecture Featuring Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson
Law School, Legal Research Center
*Free to Attend & RSVP via event link above

Justice Nelson













Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state’s highest court and any appellate state court. In 2006, she was appointed as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, community engagement, leadership and professional development.

Throughout her career, Adrienne has been involved in many national, state, local, and specialty bar associations, often serving in a leadership capacity. In the Portland community, she sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees and the Oregon Community Foundation Portland Leadership Council where she chairs the Outreach to the Black Community committee. She also sits on the Girl Scouts Beyond the Bars (GSBB) Advisory Board and the Self-Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Board of Directors both of which she formerly chaired.

She has been engaged with Lewis & Clark Law School at many levels including as an adjunct professor and an inspiring mentor to many law students. She is recognized by a wide variety of community and professional organizations for her service and mentorship to others. Justice Nelson is a tireless encourager, helping people succeed by living their best lives.



Friday, January 25th, 2019

The Message: Hip Hop Workshop
Trail Room
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public

The Message is a workshop facilitated by Zakiya Newman ’21.The Message is a workshop facilitated by Zakiya Newman ’21. A Harkness discussion will occur in which participants will engage with rap literature from the ’80s to the present from artists such as T.I., Ice Cube, and J. Cole. We will interpret how these songs highlight the struggles and optimistic spirits of oppressed people. 


Saturday, January 26th, 2019

MLK Service Day
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
*Free to Attend

MLK Service Day honors Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders through volunteer service and learning. Indoor and outdoor projects are available with community partners in Portland. Meet at 12:00pm in Agnes Flanagan Chapel and transportation is provided to each service site. Register here!


Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Blood Drive and Brother Outsider Screening with Student Leadership & Service
9:00am - 3:00pm
*Free to Attend; Register here

Join the Student Leadership & Service Office for our spring term blood drive! We will be partnering with BloodWorks NW. Check back for registration link closer to the date of the drive.


Movie Screening: Sorry to Bother You 
Council Chamber
*Free to Attend and Open to the Public


In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius’ career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who’s secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company’s cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.


Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Black Professionals Panel hosted by Black Student Union 
Gregg Pavilion
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public

Come to hear from Black professionals from a variety of fields on their experiences and career pathways. Brought to you by the Black Student Union as part of MLK Week 2019. 


Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Transformative Community Organizing: Rage, Hope, and Embodied Commitment
Workshop with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Gregg Pavilion
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public

MLK Week Keynote: “Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of the Black Liberation Movement” with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Council Chamber
*Free to Attend & Open to the Public

“Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of the Black Liberation Movement” is the keynote address of the 2019 MLK week on Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber in Templeton Campus Center. Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 33 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. She has served as president of the Black Affairs Association at East Tennessee State University and the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has served on the National Council of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. She is an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives and is on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly. This lecture is supported by the Chamberlin Lecture fund, and is coordinated by the Office of Spiritual Life.




MLK Week 2018 Co-chairs: Asia Wooten, CAS ’20, and Angela Gintz, Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement

MLK Week 2018 Planning Committee Members: Zakiya Newman, CAS ’21; Harold McNaron, Director of Student Leadership and Service; Mark Duntley, Dean of Spiritual Life; Hilary Martin Himan, Chamberlin Social Justice and Faith in Action Coordinator; Victoria Leder, Assistant Director for Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and Madeline Welch, Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Service