Martin Luther King Statue Foundation

In 1997, Charles helped direct the fundraising for Oregon’s Martin Luther King statue, and later joined the statue’s board of directors. Fundraising for the statue had been stalled for 8 years when Charles reinvigorated the effort and helped Betsy Brumm, Cheryl Perrin, and the Board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue Foundation raise the money within 6 months. With Charles’ help, the statue was completed and dedicated on August 28, 1998, thirty five years to the day of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. For Charles, the site represents our community’s ongoing struggle for equality, freedom, and justice.

• Orchestrated the $300,000 fundraising effort for Oregon’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue under the direction of Cheryl Perrin and Betsy Brumm
• Coordinated appearances by Members of Congress, Mayor Vera Katz and Harry Belafonte