© 2019 by Renee Mitchell Speaks. All Rights Reserved.

   "Words have power.

Choose them wisely."

Community  Servant

 

This community based art project celebrates the worthiness of black children. It encouraged parents to write poems from a template , which were then published onto souvenier posters. The performance included music singing, drumming and poetry.

This brief video is of a Community Healing Ceremony that Renee organized with a few artists in Portland to help ease the grief over the domestic violence-related murder of a 28-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son.

Her work gives voice to the many courageous people, including Renee herself, who have faced daunting personal challenges and taken the reigns of their lives and moved beyond the barriers encountered to grow and thrive.

 

Adrienne Fritze, Founder, Working Artists LLC, Portland, OR

Renee was honored by Roosevelt High School as a community Freedom Fighter, and was part of a traveling exhibit to raise awareness of social injustices in the Portland metro area, and pay tribute to those who have fought to correct injustice.

 

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Renee graduated from an 80-hour We Are Health Movement training that provided the state's FIRST certification for Community Health Workers (CHW). This training - for black community activists only - was organized by the Multnomah County Capacitation Center and North by Northeast Community Health Clinic to advocate for and build the individual capacity of trained and certified Community Health Workers of the African diaspora to serve as trusted healers and health advocates of the African/African community.