MLK Observance Day

The Silverton Grange and Silverton People for Peace are teaming once again to host the 18th Annual MLK Observance Day on Monday, January 18, 2021, from 5:45 – 7:00 pm. This year it will be virtual through zoom. Registration will take place on Eventbrite.


5:45 – 6:00 Music by Elyce Tyler

6:00-6:10 Welcome & Introductions

6:10-6:25 Keynote speaker

6:25 – 6:40 Q & A with Keynote Speaker

6:40 – 6:45 – Silverton SURJ

6:45 – 6:55 Poetry reading by Kelley Morehouse & Juan Cervantes

6:55 – 7:00 Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker Cameron Whitten:

“The Power of Resilience”

Cameron Whitten, Portland advocate for racial, LGBTQ and housing justice will give the keynote address “The Power of Resilience“ for the 18th Annual Silverton King Observance. Through resilience, Whitten has overcome obstacles, such as homelessness, to be a leader in social justice issues.

When Portland Black Lives Matter protests overlapped with the coronavirus pandemic in late spring of 2020, Portland activist Cameron Whitten wondered how they could make a difference. 

Their answer was Black Resilience Fund, which was inspired by their own resilience. Through a Facebook appeal, Whitten, and co-founder Salomé Chimuku, originally hoped to raise $5,000 to aid local African Americans hit hard by the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Instead, the initiative raised $1.5 million and helped thousands of individuals. And it’s still growing. 

In lieu of the community potluck, we encourage you to support black-owned businesses and restaurants during this week! Recommendations include:

Registration is through Eventbrite. Registration is free and additional donations are greatly appreciated to support the Silverton Grange and Brown Hope. On the day of the event at 5:45 or before, click on the e-mail you received from Eventbrite when you registered to join the virtual event. It will be through zoom and the link can be found on the Eventbrite event page. If you have questions or issues logging in please e-mail or call/text 971-343-2713 for technical support.

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