The ‘I Have No Tribe’ Festival

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Things went pretty much as I predicted in my last post. When a great blues band and singer were on stage the evangelical redneck patriot crowd did everything to make these bluesy folks feel unwelcome. That’s when The Loven Witch Doctor of Liberty came to their rescue.

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It has been a long-ass day. An hour ago I listened to a black woman on the news talk about the 198 Republicans that are running for office – and they are Election Deniers! She showed clips on how Donald Trumping is stirring them up – HIS TRIBE!

I have…..NO TRIBE! I feel left out – and vulnerable! The news sounds like The Tower of Babel! Everyone’s got lawyer – but me! Everyone gets funding – but me!

I found some astounding history about the Mim family since my last post. I am not going to share – but a little of it – because I don’t have black skin. My info will be a boon to black people seeking funding. So, they just might take it – and kick sand in my face!

Note the wording in regards being a close friend of the Black Culture Festival. Does this mean “close white friend”, or, anyone who wants to give money and free help to make it work – for them? No -you! This got me to thinking – I am not alone! There must be thousands of poor souls in Lane County – that have no tribe. Can – we get funding? How about – some help?

We will have drums – but no drum sticks! We will get a free Oscar Meyer whistle at the gate. But – that’s it. No music – for us! Come as you are. No gay costumes – please!

John Presco

President: I Have No Tribe Festival

Black Cultural Festival – Eugene, Oregon

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Join us in celebration of Black PRIDE Black JOY Black EXCELLENCE

The Black Cultural Festival is an opportunity for people of Afro descent, our families, and close friends to join together in celebration of our vibrant culture and community. It is an event created for us by us, and supported by organizations, companies, and people like you – who want to aid in unifying and uplifting our local Black community.

We encourage you to join us on August 20, 2022 for this amazing family friendly event. There will be food for your soul (and stomach), entertainment, and black businesses, artists, and artisans to discover. This event will be a safe space for all that attend and will be accessible to those with disabilities. We encourage you to bring your love and positive energy!

If you are interested in financially supporting this event, donating products or services please see our Sponsorship Page.

If you are a black business, artist or organization and you wish to have a booth or table at this event to showcase your product or services visit our Vendors Page.

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When

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022
1pm – 6pm

Where

Alton Baker Park Picnic Shelters,
Eugene, Oregon

Cost

Tickets are $20 until August 6th
$30 after August 6th and onsite

Children 18 and under, and Elders 70+ are FREE

A ticket includes the cost of admission, entertainment,
activities, games and snacks.
No folks of Afro descent turned away for lack of funds!

Bring

The whole family and close friends, a chair,
a picnic blanket, smiles and love!

Black Cultural Festival
Mission

To cultivate a healthy and connected Black community in Eugene and beyond by creating welcoming spaces that attract Black people, while also centering and celebrating our culture.

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TIER 3 SPONSORS

City of Eugene
Kesey-Enterprises
Lane County
Market of Choice
NAACP
United Way of Lane County

TIER 2 SPONSORS

Cornucopia
Lane African American Student Success

TIER 1 SPONSORS

Cultural Trust
Eugene Airport
Lane County Cultural Coalition
Lane Kids
Minority Voices Theatre
Mckenzie Willamette Medical Center
Stretch-Shapes
Sundance Natural Foods

ANGEL DONORS

Banyan Coaching Consulting
Larrys-Bagels
Looking-Glass

PARTNERS

Beloved
Cascades Raptor Center
REI
Willamette Riverkeeper
SURJ

SPECIALS THANKS TO

Day In The Life Entertainment
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Oregon-Black-Pioneers
The Kiva
Turell Group

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“THE TRIUMPH CAN’T BE HAD WITHOUT THE STRUGGLE.”

~Wilma Rudolph

“HEALING MUST BE COLLECTIVE.”

~William Oliver

“SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO RAISE A LITTLE HELL TO GET SOME HEAVEN.”

~Joe Madison

“LIFE IS FULL OF PAIN. LET THE PAIN SHARPEN YOU.”

~Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah

“NOBODY’S FREE UNTIL EVERYBODY’S FREE”

~Fannie Lou Hamer

“THE POWER OF THE WHITE WORLD IS THREATENED WHENEVER A BLACK MAN REFUSES TO ACCEPT THE WHITE WORLD’S DEFINITIONS.”

~James Baldwin

“AN INDIVIDUAL HAS NOT STARTED LIVING UNTIL HE CAN RISE ABOVE THE NARROW CONFINES OF HIS INDIVIDUALISTIC CONCERNS TO THE BROADER CONCERNS OF ALL HUMANITY.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“IN THE WORLD YOU KNOW, THERE’S A MILLION BOYS AND GIRLS WHO ARE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK, AND THAT’S A FACT.”

~a Nina Simone song, from Lorraine Hansberry’s play

“I LOVE BEING BLACK! RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY IS WHAT IT IS. I STILL LOVE BEING BLACK.”

~Kokayi Nosakhere

“THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO PREPARE FOR IT TODAY.”

~Malcolm X

“YOU NEED NOT CARRY THE HEAVY, HOLLOW BURDEN OF RACISM ANY LONGER.”

~Jesse Williams

“HEALING IS A PRACTICE. IT’S NOT A ONE-TIME THING.”

~Marnita Schroedl

“I MUST UNDERTAKE TO LOVE MYSELF AND TO RESPECT MYSELF AS THOUGH MY VERY LIFE DEPENDS UPON SELF-LOVE AND SELF-RESPECT.”

~June Jordan

“HEALING ISN’T FULLY HEALING IF IT DOESN’T IN SOME WAY CONNECT THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE COMMUNITY.”

~Susan Raffo

“TO SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING IS TO COOPERATE WITH THE OPPRESSOR.”

~Jane Elliott

“GIVE LIGHT, AND PEOPLE WILL FIND THE WAY.”

~Ella Baker

“HEALING IS NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT WE EXPERIENCE IN THE PRESENT, IT’S ALSO ABOUT HOW WE UNDERSTAND THE PAST, HOW WE NAME OUR HISTORIES AND FRAME THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE.”

~Susan Raffo

“TURN YOUR WOUND INTO WISDOM.”

~Oprah Winfrey

“I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT WHEN ONE’S MIND IS MADE UP, THIS DIMINISHES FEAR; KNOWING WHAT MUST BE DONE DOES AWAY WITH FEAR.”

~Rosa Parks

“I LOVE MY PEOPLE. AND I LOVE ALL PEOPLE.”

~Black Elder

“WHEN I DARE TO BE POWERFUL — TO USE MY STRENGTH IN THE SERVICE OF MY VISION — THEN IT BECOMES LESS AND LESS IMPORTANT WHETHER I AM AFRAID.”

~Audre Lorde

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