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Past speakers include Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg who showed us how the digital age makes it possible to make changes in the world; Robin Morris Collin the Willamette University law professor on Environmental Justice; Stephen Coleman the executive director of Washington Parks & People in Washington D.C.; Attorney General John Kroger who addressed civil rights issues in Oregon; Charles Ogletree faculty fellow emeritus at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard University who spoke about the need for reparations for slavery; and Luke Visconti co-founder and publisher of DiverstyInc magazine.


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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.

The foundation has reserved 300 tickets for individuals and nonprofits

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.


The Skanner Foundation Scholarship Awards

Photos from The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast with The Skanner Foundation's Scholarship Awards 2012


Presented at the Martin Luther King Breakfast

The Skanner Foundation helps talented young Americans pursue higher education. Through gifts provided by our corporate sponsors and individuals we provide scholarships to deserving college students on an equal opportunity basis.


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