Martin Luther King Day CelebrationJan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM
The public is invited to join the Pacific University community in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King and his call for equality.
The public is invited to participate in Pacific University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in honor of the civil rights leader on Monday, Jan. 21.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the University Center with a viewing of President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony marking his second term in office. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available.
At 11 a.m., festivities continue with a commemorative community march that will begin and end outside the steps of Pacific's Marsh Hall (2043 College Way). The local chapter of Roots and Shoots and its famed "Peace Doves" will once again be part of the march.
The doves are made of recycled chicken wire covers and bamboo. Similar doves from around the world take part in the annual International Day of Peace each September.
Refreshments, including hot beverages and pie, will be served in the University Center at the conclusion of the march, which will end around 11:30.
Pies for Peace, a local non-profit dedicated to raising funds for MercyCorps, will provide the pie slices for attendees, courtesy of the university's Office of Diversity. Whole pies may also be available for purchase by attendees.
At noon, a program featuring Forest Grove mayor and Pacific alumnus Pete Truax will begin. Former Oregon legislator Margaret Carter will give the keynote address.
Carter is the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Legislature. She served as a Democratic member of the legislative assembly from 1985-99, and the Oregon Senate from 2001-09.
Her legislative career includes serving as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Vice Chair for Ways and Means Committee, and as a member of both the Health and Human Services and Oregon State Hospital Patient Care committees.
Carter is currently deputy director for human services programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services
Portland native, singer-songwriter and vocal coach, Saeeda Wright, will provide musical entertainment. Wright began singing as a child and earned a full scholarship and vocal degree from Clark Atlanta University.
She has shared the stage with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Mint Condition, members of Stevie Wonder”s band, Beyonce and Prince’s band, as well as some of the biggest names in the Gospel and classical world.
Wright has appeared at numerous local and regional events, including the Portland Blues Festival, and as a soloist for the Oregon symphony's gospel Christmas. She will lead the audience in the celebration's annual closing song, Lift Every Voice.
Additionally, Roots and Shoots and Pacific student volunteers will coordinate a session for children and other attendees to make origami peace cranes out of construction paper.
Pacific's annual MLK Day celebration is presented by the Office of Diversity.
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