- Written by By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News
The Skanner Foundation will present the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Jan. 21 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, 921 SW 6th Ave., in downtown Portland
Trailblazing anthropologist says Zora Neale Hurston among first to study Black Americans as anthropologist
Irma McClaurin Ph.D., who has blazed trails as an anthropologist, an author, poet and a university administrator, will give the keynote address at The Skanner Foundation's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.
"We are delighted to have a speaker of her caliber come to Portland to talk to us about the impact of broadband and what is happening in other parts of the country, and the world," said Bernie Foster, publisher of The Skanner News.
"Challenging People to Shape a Better Future Now" is the cornerstone of the Skanner Foundation's mission. We are confident people can improve their future through the positive actions they take today rather than letting the circumstances of the past hold them back. Through our Scholarship Program, we help students accomplish their educational goals to ensure a bright and successful future within their communities.
Co-founders Bernard and Bobbie Foster established the Skanner Foundation in 1993 and have given in excess of $222,000 in grants, gifts, scholarships and donations. Both Bernie and Bobbie have demonstrated outstanding service in the community, setting a perfect example of the foundation's mission. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have owned and operated The Skanner Newspapers since 1975. The platform on which the newspapers were built parallels that of the foundation. By working in conjunction with each other, both the foundation and the newspapers have insured the success of both.
Photos from The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast with The Skanner Foundation's Scholarship Awards 2012