Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the West African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.
Welcome & Introduction
Lurlene Shamsud-Din, REAL Program Director, LifeWorks Northwest
Reflection: Importance of Cultural Traditions
Nkenge Harmon Johnson, President & CEO, Urban League
Libation & Storytelling
Michael Grice, Co-Founder, World Arts Foundation
Joyce Harris, Historian and Educator
Yugen Rashad & Dialog, Portland All-Star Jazz Musicians
Paul Knauls, Sr. - Mayor of Northeast Portland
NGUZO SABA (Seven Principles)
Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area serving Oregon and Southwest Washington to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
LifeWorks Northwest offers the most comprehensive array of treatment and counseling services available in Oregon including integrated prevention, mental health and addiction services.