Diversity at Reed

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)
Day of Engagement

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. Reed's MLK Day of Engagement honors Dr. King's legacy by transforming the day off to a day on. We invite the Reed community to participate in events that bring to life our shared mission to build mutually beneficial relationships within the community in order to foster sustainable and positive social change.

Please join the Reed community in the following virtual events:

Monday, January 18, 2021, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

MLK Day Keynote Speaker: Tongo Eisen-Martin. Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and the extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has worked in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California's San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in The New York Times. He was also a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University where he designed curricula for oppressed people's education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. Eisen-Martin uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. Register via zoom to attend the keynote address.

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity, an MLK Virtual Racial Justice Teach-In. This informative and interactive event will center the history and narratives of Portland's Black community. The work of the Civil Rights Movement is far from over, and our goal is to support community-based programming that centers the ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and liberation. In collaboration with Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, University of Portland, and Oregon Campus Compact, this teach-in will feature a variety of community panels, workshops, community engagement, and facilitated dialogues with Black-led organizations. Save the date; Registration for this event opens January 8, 2021.


 MLK Day of Engagement is sponsored by Reed's Office for Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Resource Center, and SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service). Please contact institutional.diversity@reed.edu for more information.