MLK Celebration 2013. Al Case Photo.
Every year Ashland puts on a huge party for Martin Luther King’s birthday. With emcee D.L. Richardson and organizers, performers, and participants from SOU, OSF, the Ashland Chamber, schools, and community groups, the event packs the Historic Ashland Armory. This year the event celebrated also the second inauguration of President Obama.
While the event is a celebration, it’s also heartbreaking and poignant as it reviews some of the most painful pieces of our country’s history. People cry and laugh, clap and sing—and come together as a community.
It’s a grand event.
MLK Celebration 2013. Photo by Al Case.
MLK Celebration 2013. Photo by Al Case
News coverage of the event
The Siskiyou (SOU newspaper)
Ashland Daily Tidings/Medford Mail Tribune
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Events planned throughout Monday celebrating life of slain civil rights leader
By Laurie Heuston
‘It’s not a black holiday; it’s a people’s holiday’: Ashland celebrates 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. event. By John Darling
So many sacrifices: Five hundred at SOU celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by John Darling
Living the ‘Dream’?: Prominent black members of the Rogue Valley say that while equality in America has improved, the scourge of racism lives on. By Bill Varble
Video of whole show
Photos from Graham Lewis
Photos from Al Case
Mail tribune Photos