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NEWS BRIEFS

Portland Art Museum Hosts Upstanders Festival May 27

Event includes spoken word, workshops and poster making in support of social justice ...

North Portland Library Announces June Computer Classes

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Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

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B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe, 2016.

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe is now in its third decade. Every year, 30-plus troupe members, ranging in age from second to eighth grade, commit themselves to learning and performing a variety of West African dances in several community events throughout the performance season.

These children, who are mostly of African American heritage, are offered the program for a minimum registration fee. Therefore, apart from grants, Kukatonon relies on its gala event as a primary source of fundraising. 

With Black History Month beginning in February, the Kukatonon Gala kicks off the spirit of celebrating. The evening's highlights will include troupe performances, an African feast (courtesy of Grace Kuto catering), an auction and a raffle. 

Individual gala tickets are now on sale.

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe was started by Rolia Manyongai-Jones, a Woodlawn Elementary school teacher. Originally from Liberia, Manyongai-Jones started Kukatonon to offer students a different type of cultural experience -- one that supports West African hertiage while encouraging creative, healthy activities for children and youth.

 

For more information, contact:

Lily Burnett, Operations Manager

lily@kukatonon.org 

www.kukatonon.org

 

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