Peace Breakfast, Keynote Address and Peace March

This year’s Peace Breakfast will take place on January 16, 2017, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Celebration Keynote Address will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center following the Peace Breakfast from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Following the Keynote Address, all community members are invited to join in a Peace March from the LaSells Stewart Center to the Student Experience Plaza.

Peace Breakfast

The annual Peace Breakfast honors the legacy of Dr. King and legacy awards are presented to community members for exemplary service. The Peace Breakfast is free and open to Oregon State community members and invited guests. Please register for the Peace Breakfast here.

Keynote Address

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.

Ms. Ramsey’s work with Decoded explores, race, ethnicity, gender, and culture by using comedy as a vehicle for learning. Her Decoded segments include Why Racism Isn’t Just a Southern Problem and Is PC Culture Anti-Free Speech? On The Nightly Show, Ms. Ramsey’s segments deconstructed and critiqued the portrayal of race and gender in popular media. Ms. Ramsey and her work have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and The BBC. She has spoken at venues including the Cannes Lions Festival, the SXSW Festival, New York University, Arizona State University and as a panelist at the White House Champions of Change event “Young Women Empowering their Communities”. Ms. Ramsey is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida and based in New York City.

The Keynote Address is free and open to the public. No registration or ticket is required.



Peace March

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.