2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote

LaTosha Brown

Cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund, visionary thought leader and cultural activist

Recorded on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
(Note 2/21/22: We are awaiting final captioning of the video.)

Brown is nationally recognized as the “go-to” expert in Black voting rights and voter suppression, Black women’s empowerment and philanthropy. Her voice is the nexus between the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement and Black Lives Matter.

Sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association


About LaTosha Brown

“There is power in my voice! It is a divine gift that I use to connect different worlds. I bridge the philanthropy world to the grassroots community, traditional politics to grassroots politics, and practitioners to the scholarship of movement building.”

LaTosha is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. These initiatives are designed to boost Black voter registration and turnout, as well as increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.

LaTosha is also the Visionary, Founder and Co-Anchor of a regional network called the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium. This is $100 million, 10-year initiative to invest in organizations that serve Black women and girls. The goal of the consortium is to create a new approach to philanthropy by allowing every component of the program, inception to execution, to be created by Black girls and women in the South.

NOTE: We will be observing all local health and OSU guidelines related to COVID-19 and we will update you about those protocols closer to the event. In alignment with university policy, full proof of COVID-19 vaccination including booster shot or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of this event (in the form of a paper or electronic copy) will be required for attendance. Additionally, face coverings are required except when actively eating or drinking.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Feb. 10 to University Events at 541-737-4717 or [email protected].

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is the longest running annual event at Oregon State University focused on social justice and transformative change. 


  • Learn about and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King and collaboratively envision ways to carry forward his work;
  • Participate in an impactful, inclusive and engaging celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King; and
  • Collaboratively learn about and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King in a way that is relevant in today's context.

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