Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, will speak Jan. 21 at Oregon State University as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The presentation will be livestreamed to OSU-Cascades in Bend, at an event open to the public.
In 2012, at the age of 17, Martin died during a violent confrontation in Florida. The publicity surrounding his death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into a national debate. Since then, Fulton has co-authored a book about her son and become a spokesperson for turning family tragedy into social change.
Fulton’s talk will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be livestreamed in Tykeson Hall, Room 206. At the conclusion of the livestreaming, an informal discussion will be held.
The event is free, but attendees are asked to register in advance at OSUcascades.edu/MLKlivestream.
The public is also invited to an interactive workshop titled “The Road to Racial Justice: Recalibrating Our Racial Compass” hosted by Erin Rook, diversity coordinator at OSU-Cascades. The discussion will focus on the struggle to hold productive conversations about race and racism. It will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Tykeson Hall, Room 111. Advance registration is not required.
Students at OSU-Cascades will host a Day of Service to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students will volunteer at nonprofit organizations throughout Bend including Camp Fire Central Oregon, Central Oregon Locavore, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, the Humane Society of Central Oregon shelter and thrift store, Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon, Bend’s Ronald McDonald House, and Saving Grace.
OSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration honors the legacy of Dr. King and allows the Oregon State community to reflect on his work through workshops, presentations and service opportunities. In its 37th year, the celebration is Oregon State’s longest running annual event focused on social justice and transformative change.
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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.