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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Okropong drum and dance group

50th Anniversary
2016 KWANZAA Festival Of Events

Celebrating Family, Community and Culture

Theme: “Kwanzaa, The Nguzo Saba and Our Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World”

All events are free.

 

Monday, December 26 • 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St.

Featuring Okropong, professional musicians and dancers from Ghana 
Celebrating 50 Years of Unity in Our Family, Community, Nation and Race
Children’s Activities, Libation, Umoja Candle lighting Ceremony, Poetry, Food, African Marketplace

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27 • 6-7:30 pm
N. Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth St.

KUJICHAGULIA - Self Determination
Special Kwanzaa Presentation by PassinArt Theater Company

 

Wednesday, Dec. 28 • 6-8 pm
Maranatha Church, Multi-Purpose Room
4222 NE 12th Ave (enter on Skidmore St.)

UJIMA - Collective Work and Responsibility
Bring a drum and work together to create 50th Kwanzaa Anniversary rhythms. Children’s activities

 

Thursday, Dec 29 • 5-7 pm
Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N Tillamook 

UJAMAA Cooperative Economics
Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland (DEEP)
Candlelighting Ceremony, Dancing, Food

 

Friday, Dec 30 • 6:30-8:30 pm
Umoja Center, 4941 NE 17th Ave.

NIA Purpose
The REAL Program - Recovery, Empowerment, Achievement in Life

 

Saturday, Dec 31

Kuumba-Creativity 
Express your KUUMBA with family, friends and community! 

 

Sunday, Jan 1

Imani-Faith 
Day of Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment with Family and Friends 

 

All events are free. For more information, call (503) 288-8429.

Bring a drum and work together to create 50th Kwanzaa Anniversary rhythms. Children’s activities
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