Reclaiming Black Joy at Rockwood Market Hall, 2023

A Summer of Black Joy

Every summer, Multnomah County REACH works with the ACHIEVE Coalition and local organizations including I Am M.O.R.E.Play Grow Learn and others to host a series of gatherings celebrating Black and African culture, resilience and joy. This "creative place-making initiative" draws hundreds of participants every year for food, fun and community. Read more about these events here.)

Reclaiming Black Joy events offer a range of free activities including music, poetry readings, hair braiding and haircuts, information on community resources, face painting, photo booths, vaccinations and more. These events provide no-cost family-friendly fun at a variety of local parks and community hubs.

Learn more:  2022 Reclaiming Black Joy Report (6.02 MB)

2024 Reclaiming Black Joy Schedule

Please refer to this page for updates on Reclaiming Black Joy events. RSVP on Facebook.

June 19 | 1-6pm at Vance Park, 1400 SE 182nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

July 27 | 12-4pm at Kʰunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97218

August 30 | 12-4pm at Dawson Park,1 N Stanton St, Portland, OR 97227