2012 Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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Washington County’s 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration was held on Sunday, January 15 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton. It was presented by the Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, the Human Rights Council of Washington County, and the City of Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission. about 300 people attended.

The keynote speaker for the celebration was Donita Fry, Youth and Elders Director for the Native American Youth and Family Center (far left). Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle (left)also greeted the audience at the event.

Award presentations were made during the program to the winners of the Human Rights Council of Washington County poster contest. Their winning posters were on display during the post-event reception. Elina Gouw, an 8th grader from Stoller Middle School was the Grand Prize winner. She is pictured at left with Human Rights Council members Lauri Stewart, Toni Garreton, and Rob Solomon. A portion of her winning poster can be seen on the screen in the photo. Click here to view or download Elina's poster and all of the other award winning posters. 

A special exhibit from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee - “No Easy Road: Unlearning Discrimination in Oregon” - was also set up at the venue.

LEFT: Musical presentations at the event included performances by students from Carden Cascade Academy (left), the Southminster Presbyterian Church Choir, and the Calvary Korean Presbyterian Church Choir. The students of Carden Cascade Academy sang "We Can Make a Difference," a song that was written especially for them. They are selling cd's of the song to support the organization Kids 4 Congo's Kids. 

A video presentation on Dr. King created by Dennis Noack of Beaverton was shown. 

RIGHT: Kyla d'Sa, middle school winner of the Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission's Creative Expressions Contest, read her winning poem "The Corner."

During the event, the Inter-Religious Action Network’s annual “Everyday Hero” Awards were given to two members of the community.  Dan Haney, owner and Master of Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts Hillsboro was honored for his work as a teacher and mentor. Connie Tripp of Hillsboro United Methodist Church was honored for her volunteer work with Family Bridge shelter, the Western Washington County severe weather program, her church’s social justice activities, and more. Read an article from the Hillsboro Argus about the award winners. 

Many thanks to the event committee:  
Pastor Peg Pfab of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Nancy Panitch, Luz Villaroel, Joanne Wakeland, and Chair Emily Gottfried.

OAJC Admin,
Jan 23, 2012, 5:47 PM