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In My Shoes: Black Male Youth Storytelling Project

February 5 at 9:45 am

“Word is Bond presents “In My Shoes,” a storytelling campaign in celebration of Black History Month that features nine walking tours in neighborhoods across Portland led by the community ambassadors of Word is Bond. The tours are designed to highlight the voices, dreams, and experiences of rising Black men as well as the neighborhoods in which they live. Community members and law enforcement officers are encouraged to come to listen, learn, and reflect on the stories of young Black men that are not often told or listened to.

The walking tours are curated by Word is Bond’s community ambassadors (youth leaders who have participated in Word is Bond’s programs). “In My Shoes” events feature a 45-minute tour of a local Portland neighborhood, followed by a 15-minute question and answer period at the end of the tour. During the tour, community ambassadors will indicate important places in their community, share personal experiences that shaped them and ideas they have developed to better the community, and read original works of poetry.

BikePortland posted an article about the event on 2/1/2022.

This ride will go from Piccolo Park to the two walks of this day, located on Lents and Mt Scott neighborhoods. The ride will continue after them, back to Piccolo Park (looking for volunteers to co-lead the ride). The ride is about 19 miles at a slow pace. Google map link to route.

Check out more details about the event and Word is Bond on the links below.


February 5
9:45 am
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Piccolo Park
2535 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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