Defining Abolition: Black People Liberate Themselves

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:30pm
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Defining Abolition: Black People Liberate Themselves
A Virtual Racial Justice Teach-In in honor of the legacy and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Overview of the 2022 Event

This year’s event will focus on the history, theory, and practice of abolition, with the understanding that white supremacy suppresses social imagination; Black people liberate themselves. Rooted in Black/African Diasporic feminisms, abolition has defined anti-oppression, anti-colonial, and anti-racist organizing nationally and globally. In keeping with the abolitionist tradition, this event seeks to create a space where Black community activists can convene to envision a world liberated from white supremacy, colonialism, and racism. 

Overview of the Day
  • Welcome and Opening Panel 10:00am-11:30am
  • Art/Performance (Break) 11:30am-11:45am
  • Morning Breakout Session: 11:45am-1:00pm
  • Art/Performance (Lunch Break) 1:00pm-1:45pm
  • Afternoon Breakout Session: 1:45pm - 3:00pm
  • Wrap-up & Closing Reflection: 3:00pm - 3:30p

General event registration is open. 

  • Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members are invited to register and participate!
    • If you find that this platform will not allow you to register, please message the Event Admin.  
  • Links to Zoom will be sent out to all approved registrants on Friday, Jan 21st

Project Mission Statement:

The MLK Racial Justice Campus Collaborative designs programming that celebrates the history and narratives of Portland’s Black community during and around Martin Luther King Day -- the only national holiday committed to a Black leader. The work of the Civil Rights Movement is far from over; we support community-based programming that centers ongoing narratives of Black activism, creativity, and liberation. 
Acknowledging that our society’s institutions and systems are inherently white supremacist and anti-Black, how do we hold institutions accountable, and collectively dismantle systems of oppression and inequity? What does institutional accountability mean? Furthermore, how can we seek liberation through Black epistemologies and ways of being?
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Opens Nov 22, 2021 12:00am
Registration Closes
Any time before each shift ends or when space runs out.

Shifts (1)

1 - 1 of 1 Shifts
ShiftStart TimeEnd TimeDescriptionRegistrants Needed
Main Webinar10:00am (PT)3:30pm (PT)Join this Main Webinar from 10am-3:30pm for Opening Panel, Larger Breakout Sessions, and Performances.329/∞Over