Virtual March and Continued Learning

Good Evening Camas Families,
I hope this message finds you well and heading into a weekend that might offer some rest and relaxation in these trying times.
I am writing to thank you for taking the time today to view our virtual march at the end of a week-long study of civil rights movements, past and present.  We covered a lot of ground this week, but know that building a peaceful, accepting society where all are given the same rights, freedoms, safety and security is a journey, not a destination.  This journey does not end, but each day gets us incrementally closer to the unfulfilled promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, for all, not some; and in full, not in varying degrees.
I asked Ms. Allen to assemble the photos I received into a video, which she did, beautifully and with wonderfully paired music.  I included all the photos sent in by students to include all voices, knowing that our students represent a vast spectrum and are still learning the power of their words.
As educators we will continue to work with students in standing up for what is right, how to not only be against racism, but also be anti-racist, to understand that equal rights for others does not mean less rights for them and that we are all continuing to learn and grow on this journey, together.
If you have questions or concerns about our work this week, or the slideshow, please reach out to me.
If you are interested in continuing the work, the University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion is offering a multitude of opportunities this weekend and next week to honor and expand upon the work of Dr. King.
Principal Kevin

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 logo "A King's Company: Lessons for the Flock"

UO Events

Thursday, January 14, 2021

All day – COVID Testing – Pre-registration required


UO MLK, Jr. Commemoration Youtube Premier

  • MC, Lesley-Anne Pittard, Assistant Vice President, Campus and Community Engagement, DEI
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Morning Meditation with Rabbi Meir Goldstein, Oregon Hillel
  • King Commemoration, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
  • Musical Tributes from School of Music and Dance: Jackie Cordova Arrington, Assistant Professor of Flute; Natalie North. SOMD scholars
  • Inspiration and Motivation, remarks:
    • Damien Pitts, Academic Advisor and Diversity Initiatives Specialist, Undergraduate Programs
    • Michael Schill, UO President


Go to: MLK Commemoration and LIve Chat


 Courageous Conversations

To create authentic and civil spaces for dialogue around current events centered on social and racial justice

Pre-registration required

Facilitated by Campus Diversity Committees and members of President’s Diversity Advisory Community Council (PDACC)


 Courageous Conversations

After opening remarks, there will four session breakout rooms:

  • Living. You are directly impacted by social and racial justice based upon your identity.
  • Leading. You are coordinating agendas and organizing members of your department, community or organization to respond to social and racial justice.
  •  Leaning. You have gained new awareness about social and racial justice and are clarifying your own role and/or intention.
  • Listening. You are now learning about social and racial justice and gaining new awareness.



Screening of Black Panther

Ducks After Dark and the Multicultural Center planned this event many months ago in the hope that the Covid risk level would allow a small and safe viewing. Given the ongoing Extreme Risk level they will be cancelling the event in alignment with Lane County regulations. They will continue to monitor the risk level and adjust our activities each week accordingly.



Black Panther for MLK day 2021


Monday, January 18, 2021

1 – 3pm – MLK Vitual Day of Service: Registration Required

  • Participants will begin by discussing how other marginalized identities and experiences intersect with racial justice and how to use your voice, be of service, and continue to work towards equity. Participants will then split into groups for virtual service projects including opportunities to continue throughout winter term.

Register here

MLK Day of Service 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

6pm – BE Justice with Nikkita Oliver 

  • Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator and attorney. She is the co-executive director of Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration.

 Nikkita Oliver Be Justice part of BE Series, photo on pinkish background


Community Events

NAACP/Eugene-Springfield and City of Eugene Events
January 18, 2021

9 – 10amNAACP and City of Eugene Community Drive through. 

  • From Serbu Juvenille Center to UO Autzen Stadium. Prizes and swag!

11am – 12pm: NAACP and City of Eugene Community MLK Virtual program

  • Including NAACP welcome, UO film, UO Leadership, LCC/UO Athletes, Alaja Ballet performance, local, state and national dignitaries, City of Eugene Human Rights Award presentation, Black National Anthem and more…

MLK Community Events


23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Springfield Celebration and Student Contest
January 18, 2021

SAfER (Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect) in a combined effort with Springfield Public Schools, the City of Springfield, and Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, will hold Springfield’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, Celebration and Student Contest, open only to Springfield students in grades K-12. Students asked to submit an essay, poem, artwork, photographic presentation, poster, or video, or any other type of art from relating to the this year’s theme: “We are truly free when none are oppressed.”

In light of COVID, there will be no Springfield march, but people are encouraged to join the NAACP’s car parade

Painting by student of MLK, portrait.


The Skanner Foundation 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
Jan 18, 2021, 9 am. 

The Skanner Foundation invites you to a MLK Breakfast. This year it will be a virtual event premiering a specially created video edition of the 35th Annual Skanner Foundation Breakfast.

Skanner Foundation 35th annual breakfast for Martin Luther King, Jr. day virtual event. Portrait of MLK.


Principal Kevin Gordon
Camas Ridge Community Elementary
(541) 790-8800


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