“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper,'” Martin Luther King Jr. (from “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” delivered 3 April 1968, Memphis, Tennessee). This was the quotation that framed Johnathan M. Holifield’s keynote address at the Urban League of Portland’s Equal Opportunity Day Dinner 2015. Holifield’s call to action for the state of Oregon reminded all in attendance of the work that has yet to be done to make Oregon truly diverse and inclusive, work that the Urban League does each and every day. This year, the OMA was in attendance with a small display to engage attendees with the Urban League’s history and let them know that the organization’s archival collection is open to all for research.
The dinner was, as always, incredibly well attended and the fundraising portion of the evening was a great success. The night also included remarks from the Urban League’s new President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson – she expressed her commitment to the organization’s mission and concluded with the simple yet powerful thought, “we are better together.” And, the evening concluded with Charles Wilhoite being honored as the Equal Opportunities Award Honoree for his tremendous service to the community.