Reclaiming Black Joy event builds community in Gresham’s Rockwood

Reclaiming Black Joy is moving east across Multnomah County, popping up at a new location in Gresham on Sunday afternoon.

The event series, which has taken place monthly throughout the summer and fall at Dawson Park in North Portland, is described as “a park-based cultural activation and creative placemaking initiative,” sponsored by Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program.

And while the Dawson Park events wrapped up for the year on Oct. 6, the series is getting one more hurrah on the other side of the county on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The event will begin at noon with a community walk from Vance Park to the Rockwood Market Hall, where festivities will run from 1 to 5 p.m., organizers said. The hall will host food, music and a variety of community resources including vaccinations against COVID-19.

Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall will open the event, which will also give free meals to the first 350 attendees.

The Rockwood Market Hall, which opened in May, is a modern food hall meant to serve as a catalyst for growth in the historically underfunded neighborhood at the border of Gresham and Northeast Portland. On Sunday it will be the site of an event that seeks to “celebrate community and spread joy” in the community.

— Jamie Hale

503-294-4077;; @HaleJamesB

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