MLK Racial Justice Campus Collaborative is a group of 2- and 4- year college and university campuses and community partners that seeks to create programming that centers the history and narratives of Portland’s Black community during, and around, Martin Luther King Day, the only national holiday committed to a Black leader. The work of the Civil Rights Movement is far from over, our goal is to support community-based programming that centers ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and liberation.
Links to Zoom (Main Webinar and/or Breakout Sessions) will be sent out to registrants.
Event will be live streamed on YouTube for those unable to join via Zoom: https://youtu.be/67OC6vskcEM
Overview of the Day
- Welcome and Opening from Carmen Brewton Denison of Campus Compact of Oregon and Tshombé Brown of the University of Portland
- Opening performance from Carlos Kareem Windham
- Inter-generational Panel (held in the Main Webinar)
Panelist will be unpacking the theme - From Resilience to Black Liberation: Uprooting Systems of Inequity
- Jasmine Casanova-Dean, Unite Oregon (she/her): Jasmine is a first-generation college and high school graduate of her family. She identifies as a Black Afro-Latina. While in college she spent most of her time holding educational events surrounding student life and the unfair treatment of Black POC communities within Oregon. Jasmine counites her education around issues with policy surrounding policing, and Black liberation.
- Donovan Smith, writer/artist/producer/speaker: Donovan's recent bylines include pieces in Street Roots, Portland Monthly and the publication he started his writing career at, The Portland Observer. His creative pursuits this year include putting out new designs through his clothing line Ignorant/Reflections and helping steward a Black-led vision for a North Portland park through his Gentrification is WEIRD! platform.
- Renate Ray Mayer, Imagine Black, Renate (Ray) is a first-generation immigrant from Cape Town, South Africa. Born into the apartheid system, Renate is classified as ‘coloured’ on her birth certificate. Back home, Ray worked as a journalist telling stories about marginalized communities. Outside of South Africa, Ray has worked as a model, teacher, speaker, master of ceremonies and organizer. After a trip to Portland, OR during the 2016 election season left Renate feeling isolated and invisible, they are now working to build a Portland where all people of African descent count, and where they feel connected and affirmed. Currently, Ray serves as the Digital Organizing Manager at Imagine Black.Ray also serves on the board of directors for the PDX Alliance for Self-Care, the VISTA Community Advisory Board for Campus Compact of Oregon, and is a proud ambassador of the Pan African Cultural Foundation. You can usually find her singing along to Amy Winehouse, talking politics and pop culture with her partner John or reading Black feminist literature with a yellow highlighter in hand. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” - Alice Walker
- Keela Johnson, MCR, Portland State University: Keela is a practitioner and facilitator of conflict resolution and mediation, program planning, development and assessment, as well as training and implementation of organizational visioning and development. She specializes in bodies of work that address structural systems of oppression that include social justice issues of race, class, gender, physical ability, nationality, and sexual orientation to name a few. Keela emphasizes individual and group growth in their awareness, development of integrated and intersectional understanding of social realities, and buildup of capacity coupled with taking action. She is currently an instructor at Portland State University in the University Studies Department, as well as a private consultant.
- Leann Johnson, MS, Oregon Health Authority, Equity and Inclusion Division: Leann is the Director of the Equity and Inclusion Division for the Oregon Health Authority. She is a graduate of the University of Portland and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Leann is also a professional storyteller and a dramatic and comedic improviser, performing locally at Deep End Theater, ComedySportz Portland, the NW Black Comedy Festival and numerous gigs throughout the country. She is the co-producer and host of The Blackonteurs a locally-based show for Black and African American storytellers and the co-creator/actor of the two-woman show, Black Woman/White Woman. Leann has been in racial justice, equity, civil rights and liberation work for 30 years.
- Ed Washington, Portland State University: I have been a Portland resident for over 60 yrs. I was born in Birmingham Alabama and lived in Vanport City Oregon, the birthplace of Portland State University. I graduated from Portland State University in 1974, and have worked for Portland State for 29 years. I am presently the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement for the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion. I consider it an honor to be invited to be a part of the Black History Month Celebration here at PSU.
- Transition to Breakout Sessions
- Morning Breakout Sessions (held in Main Webinar and individual breakout rooms)
- Break for Lunch
- Art/Performance (held in the Main Webinar)
- Laura Lo Forti, The Vanport Mosaic
- Mic Crenshaw, Global Fam Entertainment
- Afternoon Breakout Sessions (held in Main Webinar and individual breakout rooms)
- Performance: Soleil Hall, Poet
- Wrap-up & Closing Reflection (held in the Main Webinar)
When you register, you will have the ability to select breakout sessions. Please select only one breakout session for the morning and one breakout session for the afternoon, as you will only be able to attend one during each breakout.
Scroll down to see the "Shifts" section below for more information about each session option.
- What does health look like outside of the white lens? presented by Tyra Lovato
Join Trainer Tyra of My People Cardio to explore what are the minimum requirements for health, access to wellness, and what health looks like outside of the white lens. This session will include conversation as well as movement; get ready to discuss, get active, and cool down with a guided meditation.
- Our Feels are Fuel for Change presented by Mercy M’fon Shammah of Wild Diversity
With all the rising tension in our country right now it is even more important to tend our minds, body and spirit with a dose of the outdoors. Join Mercy M’fon in co-creating ways to use how we feel and experience the world to make positive changes in the outdoors for our BIPOC communities.
- Black Organizing and Immigrant and Refugee Justice presented by Alexander Riedlinger, Civic Engagement Coordinator and Community Organizer for IRCO-Africa House (held in Main Webinar)
Covid-19 has forced community organizers to respond to compounding systemic issues with unprecedented immediacy. This workshop is a dialogue between four representatives of local Black immigrant and refugee serving organizations adapting to the increasing needs of their communities under Covid-19. Topics of discussion will include community health, community violence and policing, and highlight local responses to anti-Black and anti-immigrant institutions and policies affecting African immigrants and refugees in Oregon.
- Mutual Aid & Protest Support: Resilience for the Resistance presented by Tamia Deary, Founder of PDX Alliance for Self-Care
There are many challenges involved with bringing tools for resiliency to the Movement. Join us to discuss a few key areas and brainstorm ways we can uproot systems of inequity to improve mutual aid, protest support, and community care.
- COVID-19 Community Impact presented by African Youth and Community Organization
This session will explore challenges that have risen for families during the COVID-19 pandemic, from disproportionate COVID-19 rates, lack of access to healthcare, and financial burdens especially for BIPOC communities. We will explore the work that has been done in the community to uplift each other during difficult times, discuss the inequalities that members of the communities face when there are language barriers involved, and reflect with one another about how to empower each other with our stories.
- The Hammer With Which We Shape Reality presented by Carlos Kareem Windham, word-smith, musician, activist, play write, and comedian (held in Main Webinar)
"The opposite of hate isn't love, it's creation". Together we will explore a creative path to defining our vision for collective liberation. We will challenge ourselves to ask what next step can we take towards that vision today, all through the lens of creating our own super-heroes.
|Shift||Start Time||End Time||Description|
|Main Webinar||10:00am (PT)||3:30pm (PT)||This link* will enable you to participate in the following: Welcome and Opening Inter-generational Panel: 10:00am-11:30am Morning Breakout Session: Black Organizing and Immigrant and Refugee Justice: 11:45am-1:00pm Art/Performances 1:00pm-1:45pm Afternoon Breakout Session: The Hammer With Which We Shape Reality with Carlos Kareem Windham 1:45pm - 3:00pm Wrap-up & Closing Reflection:...||Over|
|Morning Breakout Session: Black Organizing and Immigrant and Refugee Justice||11:45am (PT)||1:00pm (PT)||Covid-19 has forced community organizers to respond to compounding systemic issues with unprecedented immediacy. This workshop is a dialogue between four representatives of local Black immigrant and refugee serving organizations adapting to the increasing needs of their communities under Covid-19. Topics of discussion will include community health, community violence and...||Over|
|Morning Breakout Session: Our Feels are Fuel for Change (Mercy M'fon of Wild Diversity)||11:45am (PT)||1:00pm (PT)||Our communities deserve the health benefits of the outdoors. With all the rising tension in our country right now it is even more important to tend our minds, body and spirit with a dose of the outdoors. Join Mercy M’fon in co-creating ways to use how we feel and experience...||Over|
|Morning Breakout Session: What does health look like outside of the white lens? (includes movement session)||11:45am (PT)||1:00pm (PT)||What are the minimum requirements for health? What does this look like outside of the white lens? How can others be deemed worthy of health when the system says you are not? This session will explore these topics and then move into a movement session with My People's Cardio and...||Over|
|Afternoon Breakout Session: COVID-19 Community Impact with African Youth and Community Organization||1:45pm (PT)||3:00pm (PT)||Many issues have risen for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like disproportionate COVID-19 rates, lack of access to healthcare, and financial burdens especially for BIPOC communities. In this workshop, we will cover a brief overview of the work that has been done as a community to uplift each other during...||Over|
|Afternoon Breakout Session: Mutual Aid & Protest Support: Resilience for the Resistance||1:45pm (PT)||3:00pm (PT)||There are many challenges involved with bringing tools for resiliency to the Movement. We will discuss a few key areas and brainstorm ways we can uproot systems of inequity to improve mutual aid, protest support, and community care: Prioritizing the liberation of Black people in mutual aid and protest support...||Over|
|Afternoon Breakout Session: The Hammer With Which We Shape Reality with Carlos Kareem Windham||1:45pm (PT)||3:00pm (PT)||"The opposite of hate isn't love, it's creation". Together we will explore a creative path to defining our vision for collective liberation. We will challenge ourselves to ask what next step can we take towards that vision today, all through the lens of creating our own super-heroes. (blerd shit, I know)....||Over|