The Spreading Black Joy campaign intends to honor Black elders with a creative, photo/video conversation that engenders hope, joy, healing and belonging within Portland’s Black community. The historic Albina community has been wounded by generations of displacement and racial trauma. At one time, this neighborhood was THE cultural hub of Portland's Black community. It was the center of Black business, jazz clubs, houses of faith, and cultural arts.
Albina Vision's Community Investment Plan and City of Portland's Williams & Russell Project are two of several attempts to bring development and culture back into that neighborhood. However, Albina Vision has been most intentional about infusing Black Joy into its project programming. Its plan includes creating public spaces, a public waterfront park along the Willamette River, a public plaza, and public park blocks.
The first tribute of the Remember Me/Us/Albina project is our beloved Paul Knauls, the honorable Mayor of NE Portland, who turned 90 on Jan. 22, 2021.
Our partners on this project include:
BLACK PORTLANDERS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
These collages serve as our collective remembrance of the visibility and diversity of the Black community, which may be dispersed, but our heart still beats strong for Albina. The next mosaics we create for this campaign will be of:
We need community members to upload digital pictures of these individuals and each mosaic requires at least 300 photos. To contribute photos, click on their names. We will use your pictures to make the larger individual collages. Each elder being acknowledged will receive a framed version of their mosaic delivered to them.