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40 Years of Service

As the green environmental movement begins making inroads into mainstream America, as Martin Luther King Jr. did nearly four decades ago with the civil rights movement, the Skanner Foundation will highlight the importance of environmentally conscious living. This year's keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be urban forest advocate Steve Coleman.
Coleman has forged community park partnerships across the District of Columbia and surrounding region, and he is a leader in the growing national urban parks movement, assisting urban park partnerships across the country and beyond.
This year's breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Hilton Executive Tower Hotel, 921 S.W. 6th Ave. in Portland. To reserve a table, or nominate someone for the Drum Major for Justice Award or for a student scholarship, call 503-285-5555 or email ...


King event brings government officials, citizens together

Martin Luther King Jr. brought the country closer than anyone to the vision contained in the United States Constitution — of equality for all — and the Black middle class has benefited from his legacy, noted Luke Visconti, publisher and co-founder of DiversityInc magazine and keynote speaker for The Skanner Foundation's 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday.
Still, however, the country's economic potential is being short-cutted because it hasn't yet moved past what Visconti called the "White-centric" model.
It's time for Black consumers to take action to ensure their place in a society that will remain mostly White until at least 2040, said Visconti, whose magazine publishes an annual list of top 50 Companies for Diversity.
"You have an obligation to act: Vote your ethics," Visconti told the 1,100 people who attended the breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Reward companies that share your vision, go to work for those companies.
Visconti was joined by other speakers, including Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who awarded The Skanner Foundation a $147,250 grant to develop a neighborhood multi-media training center in North Portland. The grant, from the Economic and Community Development Department, will enable local residents to learn video, technology, media and other skills for jobs in the film, video and multimedia industry.


It was a who's who of Oregon government leadership at the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15. From left are U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith. Other speakers included Portland Mayor Tom Potter, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's chief of staff, Josh Kardon and keynote speaker, Luke Visconti, co-founder of DiversityInc magazine


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