04-19-2018  2:41 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

April 24 is Voter Registration Deadline for May 15 Primary Election

Tuesday, April 24, is voter registration and party choice deadline for May 15 Primary Election ...

Portland Libraries Celebrate National Poetry Month

April poetry events and recommended reading from Multnomah County libraries ...

PCRI Launches the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan

Pathway 1000 a bold and ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative ...

AG Rosenblum Launches New Resource on Oregon’s New Gun Safety Laws

One-page handout aims to educate Oregonians about the new law ...

Ethos Music Center Honors Portland Attorney Dave Baca with Annual Resonance Award

Founder Charles Lewis to receive first-ever Ethos Visionary Award at the May 2 event ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Black People Must Vote or Reap the Consequences

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

Civil Rights Community Doesn’t Need to Look Farr for Racism in Trump Court Nominees

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, explains organization's opposition to Trump's nomination of Thomas Farr ...

Oppose the Confirmation of John Nalbandian to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to the confirmation of John...

The HBCU Community Needs Bipartisan Support

Dr. Harry L. Williams on why engagement with Republicans and the Trump Administration is working for the HBCU 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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