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MLK Day On

Theme: Engage. Reflect. Serve.

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, we hope you engage in the events throughout the day and find ways to serve the community in our neighborhood and beyond. We also ask that you reflect on how his work can be seen through the lens of our mission in the areas of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.

Schedule for Monday, January 20, 2020

Day of Service 

Engage. Reflect. Serve. 

WHEN: Monday, January 20, 2020; approximately 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (To include welcome/orientation, transportation, reflection, and actual service period. We plan to arrive back to campus by or before 1:30.)

WHERE: Portland-area nonprofits (preference may be given to partners in North Portland)

Open to UP Community: Students, staff, faculty
RSVP via Engage required. Sign up by January 15th at 10 PM.

Keynote Speaker, Walidah Imarisha, and Singer '83 Alumna Julianne Johnson

3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Buckley Center Auditorium (overflow room will be Brian Doyle Auditorium located in Dundon-Berchtold)
Free and Open to All 
Childcare Will Be Provided

RSVP here

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and Educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss >how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians, but all Oregonians.

We are also thrilled to announce the featured guest singer will be Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and songwriter (She starred in the Portland production of “Dreamgirls” in October 2018 [2]), entertainer, and music and theatre instructor, Julianne Johnson, who is also a University of Portland Alumna (’83).

Reflection Opportunities

Reflection Guide

Light a Candle in the Grotto and offer a prayer of hope as we continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to create a Beloved Community of justice, love and peace.


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