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Portland Black Pride 2008

From the Unity Project website:

Unity Project of Oregon is proud to present Portland Black Pride 2008! Portland Black Pride (PBP) strives to showcase and celebrate the cultural and social contributions of Black gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Portland and across the country. PBP works with local community leaders, non-profit organizations, businesses and health departments to present this annual celebration. PBP is committed to building a safer community for LGBT people of color and honoring the diverse contributions of our community members.

Black Pride Calendar


June 12 – Poetry Slam/Open Mic
Portland’s Black Pride kicks off with “Speak Up! Speak Out! Poetry Slam!” The evening will feature an exciting collection of artists from Seattle’s Voices Rising and Fire & Ink including the Lamba Literary Award nominee Marvin K. White. There will also be an open mic so bring your poetry to share with the audience!
Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside, 7 – 10 pm.
$5 suggested donation.

June 13 – Black Out: Let’s Represent!
Join the Portland Black Pride 2008 contingent in celebrating Pride 2008 by going out in mass.
Please call 503.417.7991 for details as to when and where we will be meeting.

June 14 – Pride NW Booth
Come by the Unity Project of Oregon booth during Portland’s annual Pride Celebration at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Stop by, say hello, and learn more about us and ways that you can become involved to take action around issues that matter most. We will also be offering coupons for free STD screenings through Multnomah County Health Department. Ask one of our volunteers how you can get a free Portland Black Pride T-shirt.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Noon to 5:00 pm.

June 14 – Block Party BBQ and Dance
Portland Black Pride is throwing the biggest party of the year! We’re closing down the street outside Crush (SE 14th and Morrison) to make room for our DJs, performers, BBQ and beer garden! The party starts at 4 pm and features a breakdancing performance and a very special musical performance by New York’s KIN. Soundbox, who has a regular show Saturday nights on KBOO-FM, will be spinning. At 10 pm, the party moves inside to Crush where Kutz D. Kutz and Seoul Brother #1 will spin the hottest beats the rest of the night!
Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. 4 pm – 2 am. Free

June 15 – Parade & Pride Booth
No time to be shy, say it loud, “I’m Black, Gay, and I’m Proud”. Unity Project of Oregon invites to you to march with us in Pride NW’s Gay Pride Parade this year as we celebrate who we are and re-affirm our presence in Portland’s GBLTQ community. The parade kicks off at 11:00am. Please arrive at 9:45am at the North Park Blocks at NW Davis to get your t-shirt and bottled water. If you need help finding our contingent just ask Pride NW volunteer. After the parade, stop by our booth at Portland’s Pride celebration at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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