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Posted on: January 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Local Leaders Spotlight

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Portage Black History Month Virtual Program 

Portage Parks & Recreation, celebrating Black History Month, presents the “Local Leaders Spotlight, Highlighting the Black Experience with Personal Interviews and Demonstrations.” 

Every Friday in February, a local African American leader will share their experience in their field of expertise, in a virtual format at 7 PM. 

  • Buddy Hannah, a retired radio show host, actor, playwright and recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor in the Vietnam War presents on Friday, February 5. 
  • Monica Washington Padula, a musician who believes in the importance of offering music education more equitably for communities of color will present on Friday, February 12. 
  • Donna Odom, a founder and former Executive Director of SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity) will present her research on the Underground Railroad movement and its operations in southwest Michigan on Friday, February 19. 
  • Sonya and Sean Hollins, Publishers of Season Press LLC, will share the story behind “Your Turn,” a coloring book that celebrates African American women trailblazers of Kalamazoo, and will introduce their new coloring book on Friday, February 26. 

This program is free to the public with no registration required. Visit portagemi.gov/775/Black-History-Month to view each presentation. For additional information, please contact Portage Parks & Recreation at 329-4522.

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