UMOJA MN: January 31 – February 2, 2020
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UMOJA MN is a Black Heritage camp that was created to empower Transracial Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship families. It provides families with learning opportunities, such as adult programs, child and youth programming, and large group cultural celebrations.
UMOJA MN inspires families to reflect on the beautiful ways that African Americans have contributed to the development of humanity. EVOLVE believes that by intentionally reflecting on the ingenuity and artistry of people of color from both past and present, families are empowered to raise children of color who are proud of the skin that they are in.
UMOJA MN Camp is held this upcoming weekend, January 31 – February 2 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The theme of the camp for 2020 is “Voices of Change”. Throughout the days during camp, teachers lead classrooms of kids in lesson plans and activities, while leaders give inspirational speeches/stories to the older children and the adults.
The speakers and performers consist of Nicole Fernandez – a community and family engagement professional, Arkevious Armstrong – a speaker, author and activist, Valerie Turner – a Zumba/Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness teacher and Lifestyle Coach, and Kenna-Camara Cottman – an educator creating affirming spaces for Black children to thrive in.
UMOJA MN is a great way to get children and parents to interact with other families who have similar life stories. There are many great individuals, who have many inspirational stories to share with others.
Author, Samantha Potocnik
Samantha is an intern at EVOLVE and a student at University of Wisconsin River Falls.