11-24-2017  7:48 pm      •     
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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

You Better Watch Your Mouth: Dental Care in the Black Community

Julianne Malveaux talks about dental care and Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s new bill, the Action for Dental Health Act. ...

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. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe, 2016.
The Skanner News

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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