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Catch the replays of the 2023 Black History Celebration Summit as each guests walked through the programming they are stepping away from, unfolded the celebration of their lives, on their terms and all the possibilities showing up. 

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Why Celebrate Black History Month?


Since the first Negro History Week in 1926, other countries around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands have joined the United States in celebrating Black people and their contribution to history and culture.

Today Black History Month continues the discussion of Black people and their contributions through activities such as museum exhibits and film screenings, and by encouraging the study of achievements by African Americans year-round.

If you're looking to become part of a supportive, growth-minded community, and open to having vulnerable discussions - this event is for you!

Meet Your Host


At the age of 13 John attended Precious Blood Seminary for 8 years. Has BA in Communication and French, Studied Sacred Geometry in Northern Spain, IFA Practioner, Wuji Cinnabar Tai Chi and meditation instructor, Black Belt in TaeKwon Do, 33 years experience working with youth and families struggling with violence, trauma and grief, presently working with families through Multnomah County Juvenile Justice, contracting with Solvalti program (for men around Domestic Violence and Fatherhood) and YMEP (Boys Anger Management Groups). This work is done with the influence of the following influences: Access Consciousness, Matrix Energetics, Restorative Justice Practices and Trauma Informed.

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What It Honors?


Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Among the most notable figures often spotlighted during Black History Month are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for equal rights for Blacks during the 1950s and ’60s; Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1967; Mae Jemison, who became the first female African-American astronaut to travel to space in 1992; and Barack Obama, who was elected the first-ever African-American president of the United States in 2008.

Featured Speakers

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Vanessa White is a free spirit with a wild imagination. Her love for creative endeavors lead her to start Rooted 2 Spirit as she followed the many beckoning voices of her own spirit guides. She is now a full time Tarot Coach and Herbalist. She leads many workshops and creation classes for her local community and distant communities as well.

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'Forever A Teacher, Forever A Student'

Rooted 2 Spirit

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With nearly 30 years of experience managing, facilitating and counseling group sessions with youth and adults, Tim's experience includes extensive work in the fields of mental health, counseling, public education and social justice systems.  Logan is the owner, agency administrator and lead facilitator at SoValTi, a batterer intervention counseling program serving African-American and Biracial men and women. 

As a long-time member of the Albina Head Start Board of Directors Tim's areas of expertise include: training and development, domestic violence batterer intervention, school advocacy for gang involved youth, dropout prevention and re-entry, strategic planning, and organizational management, cultural sustaining practices, trauma informed care, and equity.

Tim earned a degree in Psychology with minors in Communication and Education from Eastern Washington University.

What Is SoValTi?

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The Lanes, a divine union focused on developing and operating in their unique rhythm of GRIT, which has fortified their minds to achieve their desired results as individuals and as a couple. Blessed with three independent thinking + amazing children, the Lanes began creating pathways of advancement for community members through Champions Barbershop in 2008, which lead them into higher education. Champions Barbering Institute was birthed in 2016 to preserve a craft and energize economic mobility for aspiring leaders. The Lanes are committed to creating opportunities for humans who want them the most.

The Lanes vision is that by providing access to education, training, and entrepreneurship they can empower individuals and families to break the cycle of the lack mindset.

Champions Barbershop

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Madgesdiq is what you would call a modern day renaissance man: A Basketball Trainer, Creative Sports Consultant, Yoga and Meditation instructor as well as a poet, author and musician who lives is Portland Oregon.

A consistent presence in his city and community Madgesdiq lives to inspire and assist others in knowing and being their best selves

He is the father of two teenage daughters and is expecting his 3 child this spring

He enjoys reading, watching documentaries and spending time with souls of like mind and spirit

MADgesdiq Music

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When Jason and I decided to create a candle company during a  pandemic, we weren't just thinking of the, "What If's". We were actually living through it. Not only were we bringing peace and tangible vibes to our family and friends, we'd created a product that is environmentally solid.

When you buy one of our candles or wax melts, you will get a long and low flame burn, no soot (black smoke), and is safe for your animals. Our products also smell amazing.

Family Secrets Candle Company

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Alex C. Jones is an firearms industry professional who spent 14 years as a military policeman in the United States Air Force. He is currently the owner of Jones Firearms Coaching in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR metro area. Alex brings a refreshing perspective to firearms training for civilians and law enforcement. He recently spent 6 years as a firearms instructor for Parole and Probation officers for Multnomah County, OR where he also taught defensive tactics and use of force training. Alex currently holds NRA instructor certifications in basic pistol, concealed carry concepts and principles and range safety officer. He firmly believes that self-defense with a firearm should be holistic. The self-defender must maintain mental, spiritual, and physical fitness to be optimum in defense and decision making. He prioritizes his training methodology on the “Why and When” to use a firearm as opposed to just “How”. Alex offers a coaching style that is personable, patient and considerate of the different learning styles.
When he is not coaching self-defense, Alex loves to fish and spend time at a welcoming café over coffee and a good book with his wife. Lastly, he lives by the mantra that he is a “Gun Advocate and not a Gun enthusiast.”
Jones Fire Arms Coaching

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Isis Harris, a Portland Native, is a Entrepreneur, Journeyman Electrician, Mother and Community Bridge Builder.
Her Company 3v3ryday Grind LLC creates opportunities to increase economic empowerment within the Black and Brown communities via intentional diversity within the construction industry.