Celebration Events

The 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place between Saturday, January 14, 2017 and Friday, January 20, 2017. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Celebration.

The Celebration has three important objectives, to provide the Oregon State community the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King and collaboratively envision ways to carry his work forward;
  • Participate in an impactful, inclusive, and engaging celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King; and
  • Collaboratively learn about, reflect on and carry on the legacy of Dr. King in a way that is relevant to today’s generations.

Celebration Schedule

A calendar of events for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration may be viewed here. Full descriptions for all Celebrations are below.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 am to 4 pm
MU Horizon Room (Check In)

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service invites students, faculty, staff and their partners and children to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. About 10 community projects will take place at various times throughout the day with the capacity to accommodate over 300 volunteers. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers by the Global Community Kitchen. Check in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided.

More details are available here: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/cce/mlkservice

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King's life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and strengthening our communities. It empowers individuals, strengthens communities, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities.

Sponsored by Student Leadership & Involvement - Center for Civic Engagement

Monday, Jan. 16 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 16, 9 to 10:30 am
CH2M HILL Alumni Center

In its 35th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Oregon State University’s longest running annual events focused on social justice and transformative change. The annual Peace Breakfast celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring members of the Oregon State community who carry his message and work forward in the present.
The Peace Breakfast is free and open to Oregon State University community members and invited guests.

Contact: Pamela Johnson

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Address, featuring Franchesca Ramsey
Monday, Jan. 16, 11 am to 12 pm
The LaSells Stewart Center

Franchesca Ramsey will deliver the Keynote Address at the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Ms. Ramsey is an actress, comedian, writer, and activist and a leading voice at the confluence of pop culture and social justice education. She currently hosts the popular Decoded series on MTV News and was a writer and regular contributor to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central.

Contact: Pamela Johnson

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Peace March
Monday, Jan. 16, 12:30 to 2 pm
Departing from The LaSells Stewart Center, the route will conclude in the SEC Plaza

Join the Oregon State community for a Peace March at 12:30 p.m. from the La Sells Stewart Center to the Student Experience Center Plaza. The Peace March is an opportunity to join in solidarity with community members and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of creating transformative change through non-violence.

Contact: Terrance Harris

Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone
Monday, Jan. 16, 6 to 8 pm
Corvallis High School Auditorium

Join the City of Corvallis celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker this year is Leticia Nieto, author, performer and trainer in anti-oppression and expressive techniques.

Sponsored by the Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board
Contact: Gabe Merrell

Tuesday, Jan. 17

If These Halls Could Talk Film Showing and Discussion
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 12 to 2 pm
MU 206

If These Halls Could Talk, Director Lee Mun Wah's Newest Documentary

During the hot summer of 2010, director Lee Mun Wah brought together 11 college students to discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. The students shared the frustration and anguish of trying to be understood and acknowledged on campus where the faculty and students are predominantly white. Their stories are starkly emotional and raw, filled with incredible tenderness, courage and pain. The issues that they challenge us to look at are equally provocative, begging to be heard and confronted.

If you have ever wondered why our students and faculty of color are leaving our campuses, if you have difficulties understanding students from other cultures, if you don’t know what to say or do when a conflict occurs as it relates to a diversity issue, then the film, If These Halls Could Talk will help model for you what it will take to have conversations on diversity that are both authentic and life-changing. This film will provide a glimpse into what is still missing and what is needed if we are ever going to come together in our classrooms, on our campuses and in our communities. The film will be followed by a discussion led by CAPS staff.

Sponsored by Counseling & Psychological Services
Contact: Emelyne Woessner

Unpacking the Model Minority Myth
Asian & Pacific Cultural Center

Please note, this event has been cancelled due to travel conditions for the facilitators. They hope to reschedule in Feburary.

Sponsored by: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Cente
Contact: Reagan Le

MLK Annual Multi-Faith Prayer Service
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5 to 6 pm
MU 208

The prayer service will be a time for shared readings, song, prayers and silent reflection offered by the diverse spiritual communities within the OSU Community. 

Sponsored by: United Campus Ministry
Contact: Tim Stover

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning Environments
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 to 11 am
Valley Library Willamette West

How do we know if the environments we are teaching and learning in are equitable? What constitutes an equitable teaching and learning environment, and why are they so critical to equalizing student success? Why do various students experience the same classes so differently? Join the director of the Social Justice Education Initiative for this interactive and engaging workshop to explore these critical questions and others you may have.

Sponsored by: Social Justice Education Initiative, and Academic Affairs
Contact: Jane Waite

The Untold Story: Brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—The Alpha Man
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 am to 12 pm
Lonnie B. Harris Black Culture Center

This event will provide attendees a closer look into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey to obtaining membership into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.

Sponsored by: The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Contact: Jason Dorsette

Non-Violent Direct Action Panel & Training
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 to 4 pm
Centro Cultural César Chávez

With the nation's politics tuning out oppression, it is time to take the fight in our own hands and reclaim our power. We will be hosting a panel of professors and activists, including Dr. Jose Orosco, Dr. Robert Thompson, and Dr. H. Rakes to talk about Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, and other prominent protestors and protests. The second half of the event will be a direct action training by Rising Tide teaching you how to bring about social change using non-violent direct action.

Sponsored by Student Sustainability Initiative
Contact: Nick Carleson (ssi.justice@oregonstate.edu, 503-819-3343)

History of Race Relations at OSU
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3 to 5 pm
Valley Library Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Room 5069

In the workshop, facilitated by Too Black, participants will learn about the history of race relations at OSU and its connections to contemporary issues. Too Black will share experiences from his recent visit to South Africa and will connect it to an early 1980s protest and educational campaign led by the OSU African Students' Association in response to wrestling coach Dale Thomas' association with the South African wrestling community; the history is documented in the Ed Ferguson Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook.

Workshop participants will connect the anti-apartheid student activism that occurred on campus to a number of contemporary issues: race relations at OSU today, our national context, what is currently occurring politically in South Africa, and the complex relationship between sports and politics. As part of the workshop, participants will create their own spoken word poetry that they can perform as part of the evening’s Speaking Justice event.      

To register for the workshop, which is free and open to the public, or if you have any questions, please contact Natalia Fernández at 541-737-3653, or email natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu.

Sponsored by University Housing & Dining Services, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, OSU Libraries: Special Collections & Archives Research Center, and School of History, Philosophy & Religion
Contact: Natalia Fernández

Speaking Justice
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 to 10 pm
MU Lounge

Speaking Justice is a night of spoken word by members of the OSU Community and Too Black, a spoken word artist.

Sponsored by University Housing & Dining Services, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, OSU Libraries: Special Collections & Archives Research Center, and School of History, Philosophy & Religion
Contact: Brandi Douglas

Thursday, Jan. 19

Determined Art Movement Mural Planning Session
Thursday, Jan. 19, 12 to 2 pm
Centro Cultural César Chávez

Initial workshop for the creation of the first piece of a collective regional mural. This artistic expression will establish a setting for participants to engage in open dialogues revolving glocal issues, celebrate our community’s diversity and culture, seek healing through the cathartic qualities of art, and strengthen interrelationships through collaboration.  

D.A.M. stands for Determined Art Movement, a group that was established in 2014 after the completion of a collective mural located inside the Centro Cultural César Chávez at Oregon State University. The organization holds a committee that actively engages in social movements in order to address world issues, seeking change through art. This OSU effort, in partnership with D.A.M., is a direct response to the need for inclusion, acknowledgement and healing that emerged within minority groups, striving to provide support through the cathartic qualities of art and strengthening relationships through collaboration.

Contact: Elena Valdés Chavarría

13th Film Viewing and Discussion
Thursday, Jan. 19, 3 to 5 pm
LInC 200 (tentative)

Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th, centers on race in the United States criminal justice system. The documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration. Student Leadership & Involvement and University Housing & Dining Services will be viewing the critically acclaimed documentary and have a discussion following the film.

Sponsored by Student Leadership & Involvement, and University Housing & Dining Services
Contact: Brandi Douglas

Untold Stories: Histories of Students of Color at OSU
Thursday, Jan. 19, 3 to 4:30 pm
Start at the Memorial Union main steps

Students of color at OSU have a long history of joining together in solidarity to make OSU a better place. Their actions have resulted in positive changes across the campus that have benefited the entire OSU community. The Educational Opportunities Program and the Oregon Multicultural Archives invite you to learn about some of these student histories on this guided tour. We will start at the MU main steps and work our way around campus to highlight stories that have been uncovered by U-Engage courses organized around this theme.

Sponsored by Educational Opportunities Program, and Oregon Multicultural Archives
Contact: Janet Nishihara

The People Speak Read-In
Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 to 8 pm
Valley Library, Willamette Rooms 3622

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, the Women’s Center and the Valley Library will be taking inspiration from historian Howard Zinn’s book and tribute film of The People Speak to invite students, professors and community members to read either historical or current pieces of literature, poetry, speeches, etc. from people who carry the notion that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We are also inviting different forms of expression such as singing or dancing.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up using this link by Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 pm and prepare to meet the following week.

For special accommodations please contact Eugenia Rott at rotte@oregonstate.edu.

Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press and the OSU Women’s Center
Contact: Kelly McElroy

Friday, Jan. 20

Imagining Oregon State
Friday, Jan. 20, 11 am to 2 pm
SEC, Student Involvement Lounge

Join the Oregon State University community for creative reflection on the legacy of Dr. King, our current context, and imagining what Oregon State can and will be in the future.

Sponsored by Office of Institutional Diversity, Orange Media Network, Student Leadership & Involvement, Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Contact: Scott Vignos