08 30 2015
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LIVE BLOG: "8 a.m. Guests are gathering in the lobby outside the Grand Ballroom of The Hilton Hotel for The Skanner Foundation's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. 8:37: Event Emcee Bobbie Dore Foster, Editor of The Skanner News Group welcomes the guests and introduces the head table. "Thank you all for being here this morning to celebrate America's greatest civil rights leader. You all are a reflection of Dr. King's  "beloved community" and we are grateful that you choose to begin this special holiday in his honor by being here this morning.

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.

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