Contact: Imani Muhammad
In celebration of Black History Month, Y.O.U.th (Youth Organized and United to Help), a not-for-profi t organization established in 2009, and The Oregon Zulu Nation chapter is hosting the annual Youth Summit weekend which begins February 5th and 6th. This year’s theme: Knowledge Power and Respect. The Youth Summit weekend will be inspirational and empowering for all those who attend.
The kick off event begins February 5, 2010 with The Ministry of Information of the Millions More Movement hosting an evening with legendary rap group member of Public Enemy, Professor Griff (Minister of Information). Professor Gri ff has dedicated his life to providing knowledge and education through music, lecturing and most recently an author of his first book, Analytixz, chronicling his life in the music industry. The event will be free to all who attend and will be held at New Columbia Educational Center located 4625 N Trenton at 7pm.
February 6, 2010 will be the 4th Annual Youth Summit at Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Smith Hall. The Summit is free to all youth targeting ages 12-21 and all those who are youthful in mind, body and soul.
Workshops and educators include:
Madgesdiq- Who Are You? Discovering yourself through writing
Mic Crenshaw-Make Believe or Real the War on You
Renee Mitchell, Darlene Solomon (Blacque Butterfly), Erica Tucker-Real Talk, Real Love
DeAngelo- Art Not Crime
Jesse Muhammad - Mediocrity is Not in Your D.N.A
Karanja Crews- 21st Century Movement Conscious Hip Hop
Carl Thomas-Life Beyond High School
Desmond Spann (Dluxthelight)- Hip Hop Motivates
Registration for the workshops and talent showcase will be at 11am. Workshops start at 1pm.
Concluding the Summit will be a Youth Talent Showcase featuring our first ever Michael Jackson contest in memory of the great singer and dancer. Other categories include a vocal and emcee competition. The show begins at 7:00pm and will feature performances by young up-and-coming artists and established artists,like Madgesdiq and more.
The Youth Summit was inspired by the death of Davonte Lightfoot who at the age of 14 was gunned down January 7, 2007. The Summit became a response by his former middle school teacher as her way of grieving and asking the community to refocus their attention to our youth. The Summit makes a sincere e ffort to provide our youth an opportunity to learn while having fun celebrating their culture.
For more information visit:www.youthsummit09.blogspot.com