Annual 25th MLK





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Ashland, Ore.—The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration committee has scheduled the annual celebration for 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 21 at the Historic Ashland Armory in downtown Ashland. The event is free, but those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Access.


The observance of the slain civil rights leader's birthday is produced by a group of community volunteers and is sponsored by the Ashland School District, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, Jefferson Public Radio and City of Ashland. Master of Ceremonies of the celebration is D. L. Richardson, professor of journalism at SOU.


This year’s inspiration comes from the quote:

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, keep moving forward.” Dr. MLK Jr. (Assembly Series Address at Washington University, 1957)


This year’s keynote speaker will be President Barack Obama! The second-term inauguration of the United States first African-American president will be held on Martin Luther King Day. We will be celebrating this happy confluence of events by taping President Obama’s speech and using it as part of the keynote address.


As in the past, this year’s event offers a variety of tributes to Dr. King and his enduring legacy through music, spoken word and dance. Among those participating are Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors, The Rogue Valley Gospel Group, Ashland Dance Works, students from Ashland High School, Scenic Middle School, and SOU Black Student union.


At the conclusion of the event at the Armory, the Black Student Union at SOU will lead a march to Lithia Park for live music and a re-broadcast of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Please note that seating is always limited and available on a first-come basis. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., however, each year the event reaches standing room only by 12 noon. All ages are welcome, but parents are urged to stay with their children during the event. We will be live streaming the event to Carpenter Hall for audience members who cannot fit inside the Armory.


For more information visit Ashland Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration on Facebook.

ASL Interpreters will be available