ABOUT SOUTHERN OREGON MLK
In Southern Orgeon we attend each others unique celebration, share performers and speakers, and help each other organize. For our local community attending our planning meetings, voluntering the day of, and attending the various celebrations is a great way to stay connected. Many of our community members watch the show as it live-streams. Our online spaces are where our friends across the county and our frinds next door can share what's important to them. Please like our Facebook Pages, follow us on twitter, and share your pictures and observations of the many celebrations taking place in January. #SOMLK2017
Past Ashland Keynote Speakers have included Kayse Jama, executive director of the Portland-based Center for Intercultural Organizing, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Executive Director of the Social Justice Fund in Seattle, Washington, La Clinica Development Director Maria Ramos Underwood,Professor Rickerby Hinds, Bill Rauch, Dr. Geneva Craig, Mary Farell of The Maslow Project, artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival and President Barak Obama.
Ashland 2017 MLK Keynote Speaker
Alma Alvarez, SOU professor
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University where she teaches, among other things, U.S. Ethnic Literature. In teaching Ethnic Literature, Dr. Alvarez, in these courses, seeks not only to expose students to diverse aesthetic forms and experiences, but to facilitate understanding with an aim to develop empathy and community bridges. Dr. Alvarez has been involved in community organization since her arrival to Southern Oregon. In 1998, responding to needs in the community, she partnered with various folks to start a Spanish Mass at her local Catholic Church where she subsequently served as a volunteer of Hispanic ministry. In terms of her church work, Dr. Dr. Alvarez served on the Life, Justice and Peace Commission for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon from 20-14-2016. Dr. Alvarez is also one of the founders of the Racial Equity Coalition, a group dedicated to facilitating racial understanding in Southern Oregon through education and dialogue and advocacy for people of color. During summers, when she is not teaching, Dr. Alvarez works with St. Vincent de Paul, an organization that gives a hand up to people experiencing challenging economic circumstances. Dr. Alvarez, when she has time enjoys reading and writing poetry.
Central Point 2017 MLK Keynote Speaker
Flora Chavez, Crater Alumni
Flora played Young Estella in Great Expectations and The Every 28 Hours Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other projects include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Williams in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Malcolm in Macbeth, Amy in Little Women, Chloe in Boggle, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Toy Story 3.0 . . . , A Very Undead Christmas (Crater High School); Max and the Monster (CRA Drama Students); Phantom of the Opera (J. J. Case High School). She has directed 5 Plays in 24 Hours and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Education: Rogue Community College.