Join Our Campaign - #teens4socialjustice
After a group of African American male students from Roosevelt High were targeted at the downtown Nordstrom Rack department store, the Urban Griots decided to take a stand. Within weeks of posting our 2.4-minute, student-edited video on our newly created Facebook page, it gathered more than 20,000 views, and 550 shares. Each of our additional multimedia projects are also conceived and executed by students, with support and encouragement from professional mentors and our teacher, Ms. Renee. Please join our campaign against racial profiling!
RHS Urban Griots are partnering with St. Johns Main Street, the St. Johns Review, and photojournalist Bobby Abrahamson for a series of community-based storytelling opportunities that celebrate the voices of those who live, work and go to school in the St. Johns neighborhood.
Our first collaborative event was on Feb. 20, 2016, where students interviewed St. Johns residents, took their photos and performed original poetry. The next event is scheduled for May 22, 2016, and is partially sponsored through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.
The Urban Griots are continuing to interview St. Johns residents and we invite YOU to share your stories,! Here's how:
#1: Your story should be in response to one of the following prompts:
#2: You only need to write 3-4 paragraphs, so please stay within this range.
#3: Submit your story by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 25th. Late submissions will not be considered. Questions? Reach out to Jenna Hudson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-841-5522.
#4: To submit your story, just click here! Selected stories will run in the St. Johns Review between June 17 and the end of August.