UPDATE 1/13/17 11:05 a.m.: According to a tweet sent by Oregon Campus Compact, the 8th annual MLK Day of Service has been cancelled due to snow.
On Monday, Jan. 16, Portland State will observe and participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a National Day of Service dedicated to the late American leader, through a collaboration with the Oregon Campus Compact’s 8th annual MLK Day of Service.
For the last eight years, the OCC’s MLK event has attracted thousands of supporters to encourage the solidarity and progression of community resolutions through the inspired leadership set forth by MLK. The OCC registration page describes the event as follows: “One of the largest mobilizations of students on this holiday, this event is organized by a multi-institutional collaborative of educational nonprofits, colleges, and universities.”
In 2016, the event hosted activities such as spoken word pieces and speeches about the legacy left behind that continues to empower and educate millions of people worldwide. Themes discussed in last year’s closing rally celebration involved the value of education and community and how students can make a difference.
Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929–April 4, 1968) began his legacy through following the footsteps of many family members who were pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King Jr. was an academic scholar, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a husband, father, and an irreplaceable figure in American history.
He not only dedicated his life to leading an example of nonviolent protest against racial injustice, but also forever changed the lives of Americans born generations beyond his untimely death.
“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”
—Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream”
MLK Jr. Day of Service 2017
Monday, Jan. 16, 8:15 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Warner Pacific College
Transportation and lunch provided.
8:30 a.m. – Check-in
9:30 a.m. – Rally Begins
10:00 a.m. – Rally Ends and Volunteers Load Buses
10:30 a.m. – Volunteers arrive at sites for orientation, training, and beginning of project
2:00 p.m. – Project is completed and Volunteers Load Buses
2:30 p.m. – Closing Rally
3:00 p.m. – Day of Service Ends