• Lots of laughs
  • Time with your family
  • Time socializing with old friends
  • Meeting new friends whose families look like yours
  • Afrocentric games and activities
  • African dancing & story telling
  • Interactive activities about history and culture
  • Family adult based workshops on transracial adoption
  • Braiding & styling opportunities from local professionals
  • Raising Black sons and daughters: What do I do?
  • Speakers who “walk the talk”
  • Drumming activities
  • Soul food dinner
  • Learn from experts in the field of adoption, people of color & adoptees

We have been so honored to welcome the following speakers, performers & professionals in recent years past.  Please check out their websites as valuable information for the adoptive family.

  • Robert O’Connor – We are best known for our innovations in increasing organizational cultural awareness and tying its relationship to worker performance and client outcomes. We see cultural competency and diversity as business and practice imperatives that make all the difference in the world whether it’s addressing racial disparities in child welfare, the achievement gap in education or managing high performance teams in a Fortune 500 corporation.
  • Michelle K. Johnson is a highly energetic goal oriented person who has an optimistic outlook on life. Serving families and children in crisis is her passion. As a cross-culturally adopted adult from foster care, she has a special skill set in anti-racism and diversity work, multi-ethnic families and communities. She is the cofounder of the MN Chapter of the Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora, which brings together adult adoptees and fosters care alums from across the global African diaspora, believing that providing connections for and creating space to make visible the adoption and foster community in Black/ African diasporic cultures worldwide will give support to those who otherwise remain isolated in their experiences.  She also has been a CASA/Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Coordinator for the State of Minnesota- 4th Judicial District Court for the past 9 years.  She trains, retains, supports and celebrates 230+ volunteer child advocates who represents abused and neglected children in Minneapolis Juvenile Court (Hennepin County).
  • Dominic Warren is a registered barber, barber instructor and co-owner of Final Cut Sports Barbershop, Twin Cities barbershop chain. Dominic has had a passion for barbering and helping people look their best since he was a young boy watching his mom support her family as a barber. Dominic’s barbering career has also allowed him to fulfill his desire to help people, in a variety of ways. He often says “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.  http://www.finalcutshop.com/Speakers, Consultants, Change Agents and Award Winning Authors on the planet.
  • Universal Dance Destiny is a dance performance and entertainment company offering a variety of dance educational presentations, master classes, workshops, residencies in primarily traditional west African dance with live drumming accompaniment and modern African dance to upbeat African music. Our mission is to connect people of all communities through the history, meaning, and movement of dance. We believe demonstrating the value of various dance forms foster respect for different cultural groups. We strive to inspire individuals – especially youth – to discover their inner talent, confidence and style. Edna Stevens will be joining us for UMOJA and is the artistic director, instructing various classes, workshops, and residencies at various locations year round. She promotes having individual style in dance and believe creativity is limitless.
  • Heart & Soul Drum Academy, encouraging today’s youth to use the Art of Drumming to cultivate personal development, discipline and leadership, that will transfer into classroom, community, and the world. Our Director: Mr. Jesse Buckner http://heartandsoulmn.weebly.com/
  • Julie Richards, is a woman of color raised in a transracial family that includes African American, Latino, European and Asian ancestry. More importantly, she is daughter, sister, auntie and Mama. Professionally, though a youth worker in her soul, she is also the Director of Programs at a youth-serving non-profit on the East Side of Saint Paul. As a transracial adoptee from a small, predominantly white community, Julie learned early that her situation was unique. Thankfully, her parents included other transracially adoptive families in her network as well as encouraged her to experience aspects of her own culture as authentically as possible.
  • Penumbra Theatre, https://penumbratheatre.org/  The Penumbra Theatre was founded in 1976 by Artistic Director Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African-American voices in the Twin Cities’ well-respected theater community. The RACE Workshop: Penumbra approaches issues of race and racism with the fundamental belief that we see difference. Workshops combine expert facilitation, a powerful exploration of race in America, monologues from artists, and opportunities for participants to use theatre as a way to problem-solve and model. The process celebrates difference, recognizes cultural nuance, and invites everyone to participate in the dialogue
  • Nothando Zulu, https://www.facebook.com/Black-Storytellers-Alliance-134570813221307/, Nothando Zulu, President of the Black Storytellers Alliance came out and told us some stories at UMOJA MN 2017! Their mission is to maintain the art of storytelling as a primary source for positive instruction and reinforcement of the rich beauty embodied in the telling of “the story”
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