Naomi Tutu to Keynote Youthprise Black History Month Celebration

Published on February 11, 2014 | Written by

Honoring Our Common Heritage and Promoting Solidarity will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events that acknowledge the common heritage of Minnesota’s Pan-African population, while embracing the insight, resourcefulness, and energy of today’s youth. Co-sponsored by Youthprise, Cultural Wellness Center, and the Minnesota Public Schools and made possible by Best Buy, this year’s event will focus on diversity among Minnesota’s dynamic Pan-African population and will include dialogue on promoting unity and reconciliation among the many groups representing the African Diaspora in the Twin Cities.BHM cover

The featured speaker for this year’s events is Naomi Tutu – daughter of human rights champion Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and international speaker on race and gender justice. The three-day series of events includes a musical performance at the Ordway, community forum, philanthropy breakfast, and more. Additionally, the events will honor the late Hussein Samatar, founder of the African Development Center of Minnesota, for his many contributions to Minnesota’s vibrant immigrant community.

The Black History Month event will be planned, orchestrated and led by youth in partnership with adults, and will include multimedia presentations, artistic expressions, public speaking, and facilitation by youth to showcase the diverse skills, talents, and qualities that are being taught and strengthened through local out-of-school time programs. This event will bring people together across cultural and generational lines to promote solidarity within and among the African Diaspora.

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