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NEWS BRIEFS

Tim Burgess Inaugurated as 55th Mayor of Seattle

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Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update: September 15, 2017

Environmental Services continues a project to repair more than 3 miles of public sewer pipes ...

NAACP Portland Branch Invites Community to Monthly General Membership Meeting

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We Must Have A New Poor People's Campaign and Moral Revival

Bishop William J. Barber II pens an exclusive op-ed about the need for a New Poor People's Campaign and Moral Revival. ...

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, Preparing for the Next Harvey

Bill Fletcher talks about impact of Hurricane Harvey on poor workers on the the Gulf Coast. ...

It’s Time for Congress to Pass a Hurricane Harvey Emergency Funding Package

Congressional Black Caucus Members talk about recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey ...

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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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