Melissa Harris-Perry

Writer, political commentator and former MSNBC TV host Melissa Harris-Perry

Jan 08, 2018

Oregon State University – Cascades will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 15 with a Day of Service and a presentation by writer, political commentator and former MSNBC TV host Melissa Harris-Perry.

Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. She is the award-winning author of "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought" and "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America." The presentation will be live streamed from an event at OSU’s Corvallis campus celebrating Dr. King.  An in-person panel discussion led by OSU-Cascades faculty will follow the presentation. Both the livestream and discussion are open to the public.

The Day of Service will contribute student volunteer efforts to nonprofit organizations throughout Bend. It kicks off at 9 a.m. with a student breakfast before students travel to the nonprofits. Faculty and staff are also invited to volunteer with the organizations.

Organizers anticipate up to 50 student volunteers will contribute to projects as varied as cooking at the Ronald McDonald House, cleaning at Healing Reins, and organizing teaching materials at The Environmental Center.

The presentation with Melissa Harris-Perry and panel discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. It will be held in Tykeson Hall, Rm. 111 on the OSU-Cascades campus located at 1500 SW Chandler Ave., Bend. No registration is necessary.

For information contact 541-322-3100 or visit

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.