On Monday, Jan. 19, Sisters Of The Road in partnership with Oregon Action invites everyone to join them for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and celebration. The event kicks off Sisters' 30th year of service to Portland, and their coming work in 2009 to restore civil liberties to the community by repealing the Sit/Lie ordinance.
The theme of this year's march is Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign, which he launched in 1968 to address issues of economic justice and demand economic aid to the poorest communities of the United States. This MLK Day will also be on the eve of the inauguration of a new U.S. president, a fitting time to remember Dr. King's work for Economic Human Rights.
This is a permitted march and family-friendly event. Details are as follows:
• 2 p.m. – Monday, Jan. 19, - Gather at Sisters Of The Road, 133 NW 6th Ave.; enjoy some snacks.
• 3 p.m. — The march begins and heads toward St. Mary's Academy, 1615 SW 5th Ave.
• 3:30 p.m. — Program begins at St. Mary's, featuring speakers Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard; Oregon Action Executive Director Jo Ann Bowman; and Sisters Of The Road's Civic Action Group's Arthur Rios. Those unable to march should feel free to meet at the venue.
Sisters is seeking event volunteers to help out at this event; please contact Devin DiBernardo at 503-222-5694 ext. 16, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation to Screen 'Local Color'
Please join the "I Have a Dream" Foundation Oregon for a special Martin Luther King Junior Day event, Monday, Jan. 19, from 7-9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Main Sanctuary, 1011 SW 12th Ave.
This special event will include the viewing of the moving, hour-long OPB documentary titled "Local Color." Recipient of the Peabody award, this film artfully retells the history of racial struggles in Portland through first hand accounts from senior residents of the Vanport and Albina neighborhoods. Come to learn about the local heroes, both Black and White, who struggled for civil rights here in Oregon. The event will include special presentations by prominent community leaders and activists and readings by youth participants in the "I Have a Dream" program.
Since 1990, "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Oregon has provided educational opportunities for children living in some of the most under resourced communities in the area. It is a free event open to all. Light refreshments and snacks will be served immediately following the event.
Charles Jordan to Speak at Drum Major Service
Charles Jordan, former City of Portland commissioner and former director of Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation, is this year's keynote speaker at the Third Annual Drum Major Ecumenical Service presented by Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church.
This event, honoring the lives and legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Rosa Parks, takes place Sunday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave.
Charles Jordan is one of the most influential voices in conservation today. An outspoken proponent of our nation's parks, Mr. Jordan is nationally recognized both for his leadership and for responsiveness to the diverse publics he serves. He has initiated and implemented successful programs in the areas of parks and recreation, human resources, public safety, neighborhood organizations and the environment.
Joining Mr. Jordan are local dignitaries, clergy and community individuals. The event will recognize community individuals for important contributions in the spirit of these three civil rights champions. A free-will offering supports the Drum Major Scholarship Fund. Call 503-282-9496 for information.
Vancouver Avenue Hosts Obama Prayer Service
On Tuesday, Jan. 20 the Rev. Renee' Ward of Chrysalis Ministries and Pastor Matt Hennessee of Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church will host a reception and Watchnight prayer service called "We've Come this Far by Faith and Action."
The reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by a prayer service at 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite photo or memorabilia of their ancestor for a special altar call.
The evening will include highlights from the inauguration, as well as music, fun, food, fellowship, and speakers to commemorate this historical occasion. Scheduled to appear include Julianne Johnson, Magesdiq, the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church Mass Choir, Calvin Allmon and others.
"From the pulpit to the pew the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church cherishes a rich heritage and history," Hennessee said. "We had the honor of serving as the only pulpit in Portland, Oregon where the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on of his stirring sermons. I feel equally honored that each Sunday I have the pleasure of delivering words of encouragement from that same pulpit."
The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Obama T shirt or button and prayerfully celebrate the nation's first elected African American president, first lady and their daughters.
For more information regarding the event contact Rev. Renee' Ward at 503-548-7537 or email her at email@example.com. For information on other events and service times at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church contact Izora Green at 503-282-9496 or vancouveravechurch.org.
Public Broadcasting Radio Show Seeks Live MLK Audience
"Think Out Loud," the radio call-in show on OPB 91.5 FM, plans a live broadcast for a show honoring Martin Luther King and the inauguration of Barack Obama.
President-elect Obama will be sworn into office on Jan. 20, just one day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To mark the moment—and to capture the feelings of Oregonians—Oregon Public Broadcasting and "Think Out Loud" will take questions and reflections from the audience as part of a special Martin Luther King Jr. broadcast.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the OPB studios on 7140 SW Macadam Ave.
"Think Out Loud" is a call-in and online radio program that airs weekdays (for channel listings, please visit http://www.opb.org/radio/listen) at 9 a.m. and again at 9 p.m.
"This historic moment offers Oregonians the opportunity to reflect back on the life of Dr. King and look ahead to our future under the leadership of Barack Obama," said Eve Epstein, executive producer of "Think Out Loud." Join host Emily Harris and online host David Miller as they explore the legacy of Dr. King and ask Oregonians to reflect on their hopes and dreams for the next president, and their concerns for the next four years.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. and space is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information about the event or about "Think Out Loud," please visit www.opb.org or call OPB at 800-241-8123.