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Tues 9/29 we’ll gather with masks and social distancing at Sunnyside Environmental School on the park lawn. There will be chalk drawing before the 5:30 speakers, starting at 5pm, so come early! Pdx Resistance Assistance will be there providing snacks and drinks- they will gratefully accept donations of prepackaged snacks and canned beverages.

Awakening Thunder, an Indigenous group committed to sharing their culture and honoring the land with drumming and song will open up the night.

We are so lucky to have Aaron Nigel Smith perform for us. For the past 15 years Aaron Nigel Smith has worked to educate, empower and entertain youth and families around the world. He teaches chorus & drumming in Oregon & Washington through 1 World Chorus, Young Audiences, and the Right Brain Initiative.

His most recent album, In Our America, made it’s debut at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. His 2015 release, Celebrating Bob Marley also spent several weeks on charts. In 2012, he and 1 World Chorus released a debut CD, Welcome to the Village, to critical acclaim. People Magazine and USA today recognized the project as one of the best children’s releases of the year and the CD received a Parents’ Choice Award. His 2010 CD, Everyone Loves to Dance, also received a Parents’ Choice Award and recognition in People Magazine. In 2009, he collaborated with Ziggy Marley the Bob Marley children’s record, B is for Bob. In 2005, Aaron’s debut CD release, Let’s Pretend, won the NAPPA & IParenting Media Awards.

Aaron Nigel Smith joined the cast of the PBS Kids show, Between the Lions in 2008. In 2009 Aaron and his wife of 19 years Diedre, formed the non-profit 1 World Chorus with the mission of promoting peace internationally through choral singing, drumming and multimedia production. More than 5000 youth in Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Kenya & Jamaica have participated in 1 World Chorus programs. The Rox in Sox Children’s Music & Book Festival is a project that Aaron spearheaded. During this free charity event, families in the US & Jamaica enjoy a day a free world class music, authors, family friendly activities and food vendors. Socks, shoes and books are donated at the entrance of the event in the US and distributed to youth in Jamaica & Kenya.

Aaron also works with Ben & Jerry’s, The Bob Marley Foundation and PYE Global to organize the One Love Youth Camp. This special project brings youth from rural and urban Jamaica together for a week long camp that encourages creativity, empowerment and conflict resolution.

We also have the great honor of welcoming back Habiba Addo to share stories with us. Habiba is a native of Ghana, West Africa. She holds a degree in Theater and a Certificate of Dance from Portland State University. She has performed and taught in the United States and internationally for over fifteen years. She teaches and performs dance, rhythm and stories from Ghana, Guinea, Gambia and Senegal. She also shares the rich African cultures present today in Cuba and Brazil.

A guest teacher and performer for Portland Public Schools for over fifteen years, Habiba has also performed and taught the community in dance, storytelling and theater through organizations such as Young Audiences, White Bird, Oregon Ballet Theater, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, Mambo Queens, Northwest Afrikan American Ballet, Montessori Schools, Cedarwood Woldorf School, Oregon Episcopal School, Miracle Theater, Milagro Bailadores and Portland State University’s World Dance Office. She is a recipient of the Lila Jewel award (2000), an Arts Alive grant (2000) and multiple technical assistant grants from Regional Arts and Culture Council (1998, 2002 and 2012).

We will also hear from a wonderful youth speaker!

Bring your masks, signs and chants!

Speakers/performers start at 5:30, then a short march! 🖤
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