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Join Our Studio Audience on MLK Day!

What are the civil rights struggles of the next 40 years?

In 2009 Martin Luther King Day is the day before Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first black president of the United States. To mark this historic moment, we’re planning a special show in front of a live studio audience at OPB on Monday January 19th, from 9 to 10 am. We’re located at 7140 SW Macadam Avenue in Portland.

We’ll explore the legacy of Dr. King and ask Oregonians to reflect on their hopes and dreams for the next president, along with their concerns for the next four years. How far have we come since Dr. King shared his dream of a nation where people are judged by the “content of their character”? What are the civil rights struggles of the next 40 years?

We hope you can join the studio audience. Seating is first-come, first-seated and doors open at 8 am. The show is live from 9 to 10 am. We hope you can join us.

UPDATE 1/16/09: Word is spreading quickly about this special broadcast and a growing number of people have let us know that they will be in our studio audience (including Ramon Ramirez from PCUN, Thomas Wheately from Basic Rights Oregon, the principals of Lane Middle School and Jefferson High School, and many more.) There is still plenty of room and of course no RSVP is required. We welcome everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis. We hope you’ll be able to come too, but if you can’t of course you’ll be able to listen online or on the radio — or even watch the live video stream here — and, definitely, comment online.


How do you feel about the confluence of MLK Day and the inauguration Barack Obama? How far have we come since the civil rights movement? How far do we still have to go? What are the civil rights struggles of the next 40 years?


Charles Ford: Long-time community activist from North Portland

Maria Rodriguez-Salazar: President of the Clark County League of United Latin American Citizens

Marilyn Sewell: Senior Minister of Portland’s First Unitarian Church

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