State Government Staff Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy at Annual Portland Breakfast


Despite severe winter weather, several employees from both Business Oregon and the Department of Administrative Services braved the wintry conditions to attend the Skanner Foundation’s 38th Annual breakfast celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 15.

Among the attendees representing state government were employees who work on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging teams for their respective agencies, including the Department of Administrative Services’ Cultural Change Manager Tobias Sherwood and Business Oregon’s DEIB Manager Bryan Campbell. State employees who work in DEIB focus on carrying out goals and objectives outlined in the 2021 DEI Action Plan as the state continues to combat institutional racism within state government.

left to right: Tobias Sherwood (DAS Cultural Change Office), Bryant Campbell (Business Oregon), Maureen (Guest), Matt Mattia (Business Oregon)

“I believe that our attendance continues to demonstrate the state’s commitment to DEIB amongst all Oregonians regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, ability status, age or life circumstance” said Campbell. “Preserving the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. allows us as representatives of Oregon State government to demonstrate our commitment to the dream Dr. King so eloquently spoke of 60 years ago.”

The annual MLK Breakfast is a chance for attendees to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s event was hosted at the Oregon Convention Center and featured a variety of speakers including Senator Lou Freddericks, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and members of the Portland City Council. The breakfast was also the Skanner Foundation’s opportunity to award its 2024 scholarships to college students, as well as present the 2024 Drum Major for Justice award to a champion of equity and social justice.

The Skanner Foundation is the non-profit division of The Skanner News Group, a media outlet based out of Portland focused on elevating Black voices and advancing the Black Press in the Pacific Northwest.

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Abigail is the Communications Specialist at the Department of Administrative Services.

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