© 2019 by Renee Mitchell Speaks. All Rights Reserved.

   "Words have power.

Choose them wisely."

Renee was commissioned to write this original poem for the Black Baccalaureate celebration in June 2015. The event honors the cultural experiences and unyielding perseverance of the city's black graduates, which would otherwise go unnoticed in the other commencement ceremonies.


Download the original poem here:


(Photos by Antonio Harris, www.antonioharris.com)



(Portland Mayor Charlie Hales)

(Roosevelt High grads Quinton & RJ)

(Brittney Bogan, Darlene Solomon & Renee)

"It's All About Love"