What:  A celebration recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through K-12 student entries of essays, speeches, poetry, and art. The theme for this year’s event is “Standing Up in Challenging Times.”

When/Where:  1-3:30 p.m., Monday, January 16. The MLK March for Justice and Equality begins at 1 p.m. at the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street with welcoming remarks from Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon. A reception follows from 1:30-2 p.m. and celebration from 2-3:30 p.m. at Springfield High School, 875 7th Street. Eric Richardson’s Invisible Arts Project will play jazz instrumental music at the reception and Mariachi del Sol from Springfield High School will play mariachi music and Rockin’ Otters from Two Rivers/Dos Rios Elementary (Springfield) will perform two songs during the celebration. This event is wheelchair accessible and will have Spanish language interpretation available.

The Keynote Speakers for this event will be the high school speech contest winners.

Who:  All community members and visitors are invited and encouraged to attend this free event.


About the MLK March & Celebration

The 25th annual MLK March and Celebration showcases the achievements and talents of local students. This free, family event is organized by Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect (SAfER, which is a program of Community Alliance of Lane County or CALC), with co-sponsorship from Springfield Public Schools, the City of Springfield, Springfield Police Department, Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, Springfield Education Foundation, Papa’s Pizza, Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch, former Lane County Commissioner Joe Berney, Oregon Community Credit Union, SELCO, and Springfield Education Association.

More information is available at https://safer1214.wixsite.com/website