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Free Cultural Event
Celebrating Portland's Historical Diversity

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 at 503-281-7880.

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.