Portland's third annual race unity event will take place on Sunday,
July 30, starting at 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Park. The program highlights
the historical progress of race relations in Portland, with a reminder
that there is still work to be done to build and maintain unity
in diversity. Interspersed with brief readings will be artistic
expressions by people of many ethnic backgrounds, including Native
American chanting, African drumming, Persian singing, European American
dancing and more. Activities for children will be available as well.
"We wanted to develop an event that not only focused on positive
changes, but celebrated our diversity," said David Fowlkes, event
coordinator. "Some people have the mistaken idea that developing
good race relations means they have to give up their heritage and
be assimilated into another culture. Our message is: 'Lose your
Prejudice, not your Culture.' We invite everyone to join us for
fun and fellowship."
Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets;
drinks and desserts will be provided free of charge. A kitchen is
available for those who need it. Closed pavilions are available
for picnic use. For more information, please call David Fowlkes
How to Get There
Peninsula Park is located in North Portland, between Ainsworth
and Portland Boulevard. From downtown Portland, take I-5 North to
the Alberta exit. Turn right on Alberta to Albina. At Albina turn
left. Albina runs directly to Portland Boulevard. Peninsula Park
offers a full range of community center activities, including a
playground and swimming pool.
Sponsored by Baha'is of the Portland metro
area. Information about local Baha'i Faith activities can be found
by phoning your local Baha'i community. For Portland, call 503-289-6274.