Diversity at Reed

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)
Day of Engagement

Monday, January 21, 2019
Dismantle - Build - Liberate

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About the Day

Each year on the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices, post offices, and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life, and the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King stood against and the rights he stood for: equity, freedom, and dignity. Dr. King furthered his cause through nonviolent direct action protest.

Reed College, like Dr. King, recognizes the power of community engagement. MLK Day of Community Engagement honors Dr. King's legacy by transforming the day off to a day ON. We invite the Reed community to celebrate a day that brings to life our shared mission to build mutually beneficial relationships within the community to foster sustainable and positive change and to develop tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement.

Join Reed College's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement event on Monday, January 21, 2019. Our theme this year is Dismantle, Build, Liberate. See our schedule of events below and RSVP. We hope that you will join us!

Schedule of Events

Collective Voices Series: Lunch with Liberation Literacy

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Place: Reed College, Performing Arts Building Atrium

Collective Voices Series is an initiative that brings local community organizers to Reed's campus to discuss relevant equity issues in Oregon and how YOU can get involved. Liberation Literacy is a nonprofit organization in Oregon dedicated to building social justice literacy in prisons in order to reimagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community, and ourselves. Come learn from Liberation Literacy leaders about relevant issues regarding mass incarceration and what you can do to get involved.

History Reconsidered by Writer, Activist, and Poet, Clint Smith

Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Place: Reed College, Performing Arts Building Room 320

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Soceity. His research interests include mass incarceration, the sociology of race and racism, and the history of U.S. inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George's County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has taught creative writing in state prisons throughout the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and currently teaches writing and literature in the D.C. Central Detention Facility.

Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 6 million times. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and was selected as the 2017 "One Book One New Orleans" book selection. His debut nonfiction book, How the Word is Passed, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.

Join us for a public lecture entitled "History Reconsidered" with Clint Smith, followed by a Q&A and reception.

Portland Community Engagement: Letters to Prisoners with Critical Resistance

Time: 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Off-campus; transportation and dinner provided

Off-campus engagement opportunity will be held at the Portland chapter of Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance PDX is a small group of dedicated prison industrial complex abolitionists who work towards educating about and working with people most affected by the Prison Industrial Complex. We will be writing letters to prisoners from 5:30-7:00 p.m. followed by dinner in Portland. Transportation and dinner will be provided to participating attendees. Participants should plan to meet at the vans at 5:00 p.m. and expect to be back on-campus by 8:30 p.m.

Reclaim MLK Annual March for Human Rights and Dignity
Time: Sunday, January 20 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: off-campus; Portland community

We will also provide transportation for Reed community members to the Reclaim MLK Annual March for Human Rights and Dignity in the Portland community on the previous Sunday, January 20, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. More information will be provided to those who RSVP for this event.

 MLK Day of Engagement is sponsored by Reed's Office for Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Resource Center, SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) Community Engagement Office, and the Office for Student Engagement.


Getting to Reed or Questions?

All MLK Day events at Reed are free and open to the public. We invite Portland community members to join us for this day of engagement. For non-Reed community members, please review Map of Reed College and Directions on Getting to Reed.

All questions, concerns, or accommodation needs can be directed to SEEDS@reed.edu


Other Events Honoring MLK Day in the Portland Community

MLK Before the Dream: Discovering the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Time: Saturday, January 26 from 9:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Event Information and Registration

In observation of the MLK Day of National Service, Portland State and PCC invite students, faculty, staff, and community members for a day of discussion, skill building, and service honoring and discovering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day will start with community building and educational workshops focused on the legacy of MLK. After lunch, breakout sessions will be offered focused on skill building, discussions, and/or service opportunities. Please register and submit questions to volunteer@pdx.edu.

Living the Legacy: Confronting Economic Justice in Times of Crisis featuring Rukaiyah Adams
Time: Monday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Event Information and Registration

Hear Rukaiyah Adams - native Portlander, community activist, and Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust - speak about economic inequities and how to advance social change in our communities. Adams grew up in the Walnut Park neighborhood of Northeast Portland. She attended Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Middle School. After college, law school, and some time practicing law in San Francisco, she returned to Portland to oversee the capital markets fund at The Standard. Today, Adams oversees investment activities at Meyer, the third largest community foundation in Oregon. Meyer recently went through a fundamental shift in its funding priorities driven by diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities. Adams brings her skills in the finance world together with a deep commitment to all Portlanders, especially communities of color. This event is presented by Portland State University's Global Diversity & Inclusion Office. Reserve your FREE ticket online