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MLK’s Beloved Community: Exploring Black Activism, Creativity, and Resilience in Portland

Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Shared WithDiscovering the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

In observation of the MLK Day of National Service, Portland State, PCC, Reed College, and Oregon Campus Compact invite students, faculty, staff, and community members for a day of discussion, conversation, and engagement that centers the history and narratives of Portland’s Black community during, and around, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- the only national holiday committed to a Black leader. 

Acknowledging that the work of the Civil Rights Movement is far from over, this event will bring folks together to support and learn from community-based programming that centers ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and resilience. Join us for this day of engagement, dialogue, and connection with Black-led nonprofits and community interest groups dedicated to community-building and racial justice in the Portland Metro and East County areas.

Overview of the Day
The day will start with a morning of community building and an opening panel exploring contemporary activism in Portland's Black community. After lunch, there will be a series of breakout sessions focused on facilitated dialogues, skill building, and community conversations with local community-based organizations, and we'll wrap up the day together with a closing reflection. *After you register, you'll be provided with a code to sign up for the afternoon breakout sessions (available in the week before the event).

Morning Session: 10:00am-1:20pm
  • Check In (Coffee sponsored by ASPCC)
  • Welcome & Community Building
  • Opening Inter-generational Panel: A conversation exploring contemporary activism in the Black community (Facilitated by DJ Ambush of the Numberz radio station)
  • Lunch (Sponsored by Bellagio's Pizza)
Afternoon Breakouts: 1:20pm-3:30pm
  • Afternoon breakout sessions will be announced in early January and will include community panels, workshops/teach-ins, community engagement, and facilitated dialogues with Black-led organizations and committed individuals focused on topics of racial justice, direct action, collaboration, Black liberation, and dismantling institutional racism. Afternoon Breakouts include:
  • After your registration has been approved for the main event, you will be provided with a special code to sign up for these afternoon breakout sessions in the week before the event. Sign up for this event first to ensure your spot! *all breakout sessions will take place concurrently, so you will only sign up for one breakout session.
Breakouts include:
  • Breakout Session A: Art for Direct Action | With Leila Haile of ORI Gallery
  • Breakout Session B: Know Your Rights | With Tai Carpenter and Fyndi Jermany of Don't Shoot PDX 
  • Breakout Session C:  Black & Resilient: Self-Care from a Social Justice Perspective | With Tamia Deary of PDX Self Care Alliance
  • Breakout Session D: Abolition of Policing | With Critical Resistance PDX
  • Breakout Session E: Settle the Past, Engage the Present, and Hope for the Future | With African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO)
  • Breakout Session F: From Brownsfield to Black-owned: The Revitalization of a Gas Station to a Sustainable Building | with June Key Delta Community Center & Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Wrap-up & Closing Reflection: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
158 Positions Filled | 116 Impacts | 795 Hours

Location: PCC Cascade Student Union, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

Shifts (4)

1 - 4 of 4 Shifts
ShiftStart TimeEnd TimeDescriptionPositions
Community Registration10:00am (PT)5:00pm (PT) If you are a community member unaffiliated with Portland State University, PCC, or Reed College,...23/25Over
PCC Registration10:00am (PT)5:00pm (PT) If you are affiliated with PCC, please select this registration option Once you have signed...17/40Over
Portland State Registration10:00am (PT)5:00pm (PT) If you are affiliated with PSU, please select this registration option. PSU participants have the...109/109Over
Reed Registration10:00am (PT)5:00pm (PT) If you are affiliated with Reed College, please select this registration option. Once you have...9/40Over