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Washington County celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Southminster Presbyterian Church host community event on Sunday


The public is invited to Washington County’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The free community event will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 S.W. Denney Road in Beaverton. It is presented by the Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, the Human Rights Council of Washington County and Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Kathleen D. Saadat, diversity development and affirmative action manager for the city of Portland. Award presentations will be made during the program to the winners of the Human Rights Council of Washington County poster contest. Winning posters will be on display during the post-event reception. A special exhibit from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee called "No Easy Road: Unlearning Discrimination in Oregon" will also be set up at the venue.

Rishika Sikka, now a first-grader and the youngest ever award winner of the 2012 Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Creative Expressions Contest, will present her entry,"I Love Rosa Parks." Joshua Miller, a fifth-grader, will read his winning entry in the elementary school category, "One Child." A video called "Human Rights", made by a group of nine high school students from the Oregon Islamic Academy, will as be presented.

Musical presentations at the event include performances by a chorus from Carden Cascade Academy and the Southminster Church Choir. A a video presentation about King created by Jan Weston will also be shown.

The Inter-Religious Action Network’s annual Everyday Hero Award will be given to Alice Check in recognition of her work with Bantu Somali refugee families.

For more information about the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, call Peg Pfab or Mary Winn at 503-644-2073.




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