40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022
9 to 10:30 a.m.
CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Corvallis, Oregon

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and continuing his work toward equity, inclusion and transformative change.

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


Quentin Onyemordi
Fourth year, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Xavier Tacker
Second year, Forestry and BioResource Research
Land Acknowledgement
Dr. Luhui Whitebear
Assistant Professor, School of Language, Culture & Society
Center Director, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws
Coastal Chumash/Cochimí/Téenek
Black National Anthem
Gregory Brumfield
Vested Chorister, Portland Opera
Scott Vignos
Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Rho Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
President's Remarks
Dr. Rebecca Johnson
Interim President
Presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Awards
Teresita Alvarez-Cortez
Acting Assistant Vice President for Diversity Strategic Initiatives
Performance: Make Them Hear You
Gregory Brumfield
Closing Remarks
Breakfast Service

Award Nominees

Over a three-decade career at Oregon State, the late Oscar Humberto Montemayor served the OSU community with diligence and grace. He was limitlessly dedicated to the success of students. The Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award honors an Oregon State student who embodies Oscar's ethos of selfless service; steady, strong, considerate leadership; and a trailblazing spirit and heart.

  • Cazandra Aporbo
  • Luis Chaparro
  • Shekinah Clarke
  • Destiny Franklin
  • Alexandria Granera
  • Christina Kuiken
  • Dhru Patel

The Frances Dancy Hooks Award was first awarded in 1994 when Frances Dancy Hooks, a longtime civil rights activist, and her husband Reverend Benjamin Hooks, former executive director ot he NAACP, spoke at the Celebration Peace Breakfast. The award recognizes Oregon State students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks' work of building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity and proudly "walking the talk."

  • Tarron Anderson
  • Whitney Archer
  • Dr. Samantha Chisholm
  • Bridget Jones
  • Dr. Cindy Konrad
  • Charlene Martinez
  • Dr. Janet Nishihara
  • Aaron "Mateo" Olmos
  • Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi
  • Dr. Marleigh Perez
  • Dr. Cynthia Reséndiz
  • Sahid Rosado Lausell
  • Dr. Dana Sanchez
  • Dr. Ana Spalding

To honor Phyllis S. Lee, former director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, President Edward J. Ray created this award in 2004. It honors and Oregon State community member who exemplifies Phyllis S. Lee's commitment to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Dr. Charlene Alexander
  • Dr. Rachael Cate & Ingrid Scheel
  • Dr. Samantha Chisholm
  • Dr. Shaznin Daruwalla
  • Jason J. Dorsette
  • Scott Vignos

Established in partnership with the OSU Alumni Association, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; and who exemplify and enrich OSU's values of community, diversity, respect and social responsibility in their broader community and/or organization.

  • Emalydia Flenory, '20

  • Milikaleakona "Tonga" Hopoi, '12

  • Eric Knox, 89 

  • Grant M. Yoshihara, '77

Peace March

An Oregon State University tradition, the Peace March follows the Keynote and provides an opportunity to join in solidarity with community members and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of creating transformative change through non-violence. Participants are led across the Corvallis campus on a 1-mile route, from the LaSells Stuart Center to conclude at the Memorial Union for speakers and community.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring signs enforcing Dr. King's messages of non-violence.

Jan. 17, 2022
11 a.m. to Noon
CH2M HILL Alumni Center to the SEC Plaza

Celebration Events

An important part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration are events envisioned by Oregon State community members to collaboratively learn about, reflect on and carry on the legacy of Dr. King. Departments, units, offices, organizations and individuals breathe life into the celebration by organizing events throughout the week to educate, engage and energize.



View the full calendar of upcoming events.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors

Thank you!

Thank you for attending the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and for making the annual event possible!

We’re grateful to alumni, faculty and friends of the university who financially support OSU’s work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit the OSU Foundation website to learn more about connecting with alumni affinity groups that offer ways to get involved, and how you can help Oregon State build a more equitable and inclusive community and break down barriers to success in higher education.

Learn more about OSU's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion - and how you can support these efforts with a gift of any size - by visiting OregonStateDEI.org.