Martin Luther King Jr. celebration lineup set
On Monday, Jan. 16, beginning at 11 a.m., greater Portland will join hands to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the community-based World Arts Foundation presents its 27th consecutive tribute to this great American and world-class citizen.
“Keep Alive the Dream” offers an exhilarating renewal of the human spirit. The celebration honors one of the most renowned, revered, and respected leaders the world has ever known. Always a powerful and diverse tribute, the MLK holiday event will leave a footprint on your heart that you don’t want to miss.
The entire program (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will be simulcast live on Portland Community Media, channel 11; Portland Public Schools Television Services, channel 28; and KBOO Radio, 90.7 FM. The public celebration takes place at the Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St.
”Keep Alive the Dream” is recognized regionally and nationally as one of the finest community-based MLK celebrations in the U.S. The World Arts Foundation gives a voice to the heritage of common citizens’ struggle for peace, justice, civil rights, and human dignity.
Invited guests will include a variety of talented performers, including DaNell Daymon and the Greater Works Chorale of Seattle, Derrick McDuffy and Chosen Generation, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Reggie Houston, the No Kidding Choir, the Inspirational Sounds from Eugene, the nationally acclaimed Jefferson Dancers, student choirs from Portland schools, and the Portland and Vancouver chapters of Gospel Music Workshop of America.
Lifetime achievement awards for individuals and organizations with exemplary public service records will be recognized during the program. Mayor Sam Adams will join several other local and state leaders on stage.
In addition to a full day of voices, music, and historic purpose, a robust Dreamers Village and Bazaar is featured on the Highland Christian Center campus. A full range of vendors will present: arts, crafts, services, educational materials, cuisine, photographs, films, and a cultural-rich network of arts and education innovations.
Participants in the MLK tribute are encouraged to make a donation of $5 or bring five cans of non-perishable food for distribution to local food banks.
“Keep Alive the Dream” sponsors include Portland Public Schools, Portland Association of Teachers, Oregon Education Association, City of Portland , Providence Health and Services, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Concordia University, Portland General Electric, African American Chamber of Commerce, KBOO Radio, The Oregonian, TriMet, Portland Community Media, and Portland Public Schools Television Services.