Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2023

Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 2:00pm

Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special celebration at the Lake Oswego High School auditorium featuring D.J. Avelanche as M.C., a keynote address from Portland State University Professor with specializations in race, social movement and gender Dr. Shirley Jackson, a greeting by Mayor Joe Buck, musical performances by premier male vocalist Alonzo Chadwick, Sr., and artwork created by community members.  UPDATE:  Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, this event could not be livestreamed or recorded.  The event concludes with a car rally through Lake Oswego led by the Police Department.  Those who wish to participate in the car rally are invited to come with their vehicles decorated with quotes by Dr. King or messages promoting a non-profit organization of their choice that advances the legacy of Dr. King.  The car rally will take a right onto Country Club Rd. from the LOHS parking lot, then a left onto Boones Ferry Rd., and will conclude on Boones Ferry Rd & SW 65th Ave.

The City (Library, Parks & Recreation, and Police) is collaborating with African American Women of Lake Oswego & Surrounding Areas, Bahá'ís of Lake Oswego, LO for LOve, Mary's Woods, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Social Justice Initiative Task Force, and Respond to Racism to plan and host the event.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library, the Lake Oswego School District, and Respond to Racism.  For additional information, please contact Adult Services Manager Allison Arnold at 503-534-5665 or

The photos below are from a car rally organized by Respond to Racism in 2020 and may be helpful to those looking for inspiration on how to decorate their cars for the MLK Celebration car rally.  

Lake Oswego High School Auditorium
2501 Country Club Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034