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Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy

About the Exhibit at Concordia

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited - logoGiving Back illustrates Black philanthropic experiences and giving traditions, grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice through luminous photographic prints on metal, iPad kiosks, video, and interactive digital apps featuring music, poetry, photography, narratives, and more. It comprises over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images that depict facets of giving across generations. Images and stories are from the book “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists” by author Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. The exhibit will be open from January 13 through March 31, 2017.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Held Friday, January 20 / 6:00pm - 9:00pm
George R. White Library & Learning Center, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland, OR
Exhibit and catered reception, free and open to the public.


Call to Community
Baramakona Drummers

Song Performance
Quantae' Cole-Hyatt
Lift Every Voice and Sing (The Negro National Anthem)

Poetry Reading
Emmett Wheatfall
Selections: The King of Fools, Life is Larger Here, Lost in the Forest of Something Beautiful
Introduction by Linda Church, Director of Multicultural Arts & Events, Concordia University

The Soul of Philanthropy
Valaida Fullwood, Author & Exhibit creator
Charles W. Thomas, Jr., Photgrapher
Introduction by Carol Tatch, Major Giving Director, MRG Foundation

Spoken Word/Drumming
Tazha Williams

Portland's Exhibit Design
Dimeji Onafuwa, Design Research Consultant & "Giving Back" entrant
Introduction by Carol Tatch, Major Giving Director, MRG Foundation

Audience Movement Exercise
Bobby Fouther with Amaya Addy

Poetry Reading
Sharon Gary-Smith, Executive Director Emeritus, MRG Foundation
"Praise Song for the Day" by Elizabeth Alexander
Drumming accompaniment by Chata Addy

Closing Remarks
Roberta Phillip-Robbins, Executive Director, MRG Foundation

Drumming Close
Baramakona Drummers

Guided Tour
Valaida Fullwood & Charles W. Thomas, Jr.

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