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NEWS BRIEFS

Ballots Out For Delivery Today

USPS delivers ballots Wednesday, April 25 for the May 15 Primary Election ...

GFO Announces Upcoming Classes, Workshops & Special Interest Groups

Upcoming events include regional special interest groups, Cuban genealogy talk and a DNA workshop ...

Event: Going Beyond the Flint Water & Housing Crises

Recode invites speakers to discuss the Flint water crisis and its relationship to gentrification, displacement, and housing crises ...

Think & Drink with Rinku Sen and Mary Li

Event takes place Wednesday, May 16, at Alberta Rose Theater ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

The Skanner News Endorsements for May 2018 Elections

Read The Skanner News' endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland City Council and more ...

Will HUD Secretary Ben Carson Enforce the Fair Housing Act?

Julianne Malveaux questions HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act ...

Waiting While Black in Philadelphia Can Get You Arrested

Reggie Shuford on the daily indignities African-Americans face in Philadelphia and around the country ...

Black People Must Vote or Reap the Consequences

Jeffrey Boney on the importance of voting in the Black community ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

By The Skanner News

The roots of Portland Community College's "Gospel Explosion" Program first began as a part of PCC's Black History Month celebration. More than 20 years ago, PCC's Black History Month committee came up with an idea to honor North and Northeast Portland's Black roots by hosting a gospel program on campus — and the "Gospel Explosion" was born.


From the beginning, the annual concert was a popular success. The program was held at Cascade Campus in the now nonexistent Cascade Hall for its first two years. Then, its name was changed to Gospel Extravaganza and moved to the local church community. This year, the Gospel Extravaganza returns to PCC Cascade. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium, 705 N. Killingsworth St.


The theme of this year's event is "35 Years of Diversity: Weaving an American Tapestry." The event is free and open to the public.


Portland's rich reservoir of musical talent will be tapped for the concert, which features more than 10 gospel choirs. The event benefits the Eddie Barnett Foundation, which will fund defibrillators for local high schools. For information, call 503-943-2224, or visit www.pcc.edu/gospel.

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