MLK Day On 2021 | University of Portland

MLK Day On 2021

MLK Day 2021:

Was a powerful, two-day event, featuring a speech to the UP community from esteemed alum, Taylor Stewart, and a day-long collaborative teach-in hosted by several area schools.

Virtual Keynote Speaker: Mr. Taylor Stewart ‘18

Theme: MLK Day On: Reconciliation. Reparation. Renewal.

Taylor Stewart

The University of Portland community considers Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day ON! Not a day off. As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, consider how you can personally promote Reconciliation, Reparation, and Renewal  in our neighborhood and beyond. In addition, reflect on how Dr. King’s work can be seen through the lens of our mission in the areas of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual keynote by UP Alumnus, Taylor Stewart ’18. Mr. Stewart's work confronts the legacy of racism in Oregon by marking the site of Alonzo Tucker’s lynching in Coos Bay, OR. Mr. Stewart’s efforts serve as a starting point for informing, educating, and inspiring dialogue about race and white supremacy in our community.

Read more in the Fall 2020 issue of Portland Magazine and explore the
Oregon Remembrance Project founded by Mr. Stewart in the fall of 2018 to engage in the necessary truth telling required to bring us closer to racial reconciliation. His Lynching in America presentation covers the history of lynching, how we can find reconciliation, and how lynching is still a relevant topic to us today.

Schedule of events:

  • Welcome music with DJ Black Daria
  • Welcome, expressions of gratitude, and Indigenous Peoples Land Acknowledgement by Yuri Hernández Osorio 
  • Introduction to speaker from University of Portland International Student Athlete, Raphelle LeBlanc
  • Speech from Taylor Stewart followed by Q&A
  • Community intentions video with music by Maureen Briare, facilitated by Tshombé Brown

=> Click HERE to Enjoy the recording of the event. (Content begins at 30 min, 11 sec mark).

=> Click HERE to Enjoy the post-event Q&A Session with Mr. Stewart, hosted by Tshombé Brown.

Contact with questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Day 2: January 23, 2021 10:00am - 3:30pm PST

An MLK Virtual Racial Justice Teach-in presented by the Campus Collaborative

Theme: From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity

Image of MLK with event details overlaid

MLK Racial Justice Campus Collaborative is a group of 2- and 4- year college and university campuses and community partners that seeks to create programming that centers the history and narratives of Portland’s Black community during, and around, Martin Luther King Day, the only national holiday committed to a Black leader. The work of the Civil Rights Movement is far from over, our goal is to support community-based programming that centers ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and liberation.

Overview of the Day
Welcome and Opening Inter-generational Panel 10:00am-11:30am
Panelist will be unpacking the theme - From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity

Art/Performance (Break) 11:30am-11:45am

Morning Breakout Session: 11:45am-1:00pm

Art/Performance (Lunch Break) 1:00pm-1:45pm

Afternoon Breakout Session: 1:45pm - 3:00pm

Wrap-up & Closing Reflection: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Please also take a moment to explore the "Discover" guide created by Clark Library, which provides additional readings and resources.

Contact with questions, concerns, or suggestions.

More information will be provided as the day approaches. Please keep checking back.