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NEWS BRIEFS

Kenton Library Hosts African American Genealogy Event Dec. 2

Stephen Hanks to present on genealogy resources and methods ...

PSU Hires New Police Chief

Donnell Tanksley brings policing philosophy rooted in community engagement to PSU ...

African American Portraits Exhibit at PAM Ends Dec. 29

Towards the end of its six month run, exhibit conveys the Black experience, late 1800s - 1990s ...

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Black Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect the Black Press

Rosetta Miller-Perry discusses how Black celebrities snub the Black Press when they get “discovered” by the mainstream media ...

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

MRG Foundation

A groundbreaking touring exhibit, "Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited," debuts Jan. 20, 2017, 6-9 p.m. at Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center, 2800 NE Liberty St. in Portland, Ore.

The exhibit – presented by MRG Foundation and hosted by Concordia University – explores African-American philanthropy experiences and giving traditions, grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice. The event opens the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and runs through March.

"Nurturing social change through giving is nothing new to Black communities,” said MRG Foundation’s executive director Roberta Phillip-Robbins. “This exhibit highlights the unique and valuable legacy of African American philanthropists.”

“We are honored to serve as the first host site outside of the SE United States for this touring exhibit to showcase the important contributions of African Americans in transforming society, a mission the university shares,” said Linda Church, Concordia’s Libraries’ Director of Multicultural Arts & Events program.

The exhibit illustrates Black philanthropy through luminous photographic prints on metal, iPad kiosks, video, and interactive digital apps featuring music, poetry, photography, narratives, and more. It comprises over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 blackand-white images that depict facets of giving across generations. Images and stories are from the book “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists” by author Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr.

MRG Foundation is uniquely positioned to not only bring this exhibit to the Pacific Northwest, but also to help the community understand, analyze, and take action on the repercussions of having this exhibit in our state and space. As a part of the exhibition’s run MRG Foundation will host community conversations, and other events to dig into the exhibitions themes and explore ways to take action. Since its inception, MRG has amplified the voices of those most affected by injustice and hosting this event will allow us continue this work. As a leader in racial equity and social justice, we are poised to bring this exhibit, the conversations it inspires, and real change to the Pacific Northwest.

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