Inaugural Science and Service Event at OMSI Honors Humanitarian Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/15/2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – In honor of the pioneering civil rights legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting its first "Science and Service" event. 

OMSI and its corporate and community partners will assemble science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) kits that will benefit students at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School and Beaverton School District. All kits will include LEGOs, Play-doh, a STEAM activity sheet, OMSI passes, and more.

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the start of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Nearly 20 years later, in 1994, Congress designated this day as a national day of service to celebrate the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. 

Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of this day of service, which is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."