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Black Love Matters

2/9/2016, 3:23 p.m.
A famous Creole proverb reads, “Tell me who you love and I’ll tell you who you are.” The people we ...
After Olan and Frederick Williams tied the knot, they shared their story for the #BlackLoveMatters campaign. “The moment we said "I Do" our lives were changed for the best,” they said. “Our love is an example of pure black love.”

A famous Creole proverb reads, “Tell me who you love and I’ll tell you who you are.” The people we love say a lot about us, and we say a lot about the people we love. That’s why this month, the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, a local LBGTQ group, is hosting a new #BlackLoveMatters campaign.

The community is invited to submit shots of your loved ones to represent black love in all its shapes, forms and sizes. Pictures of couples, children, siblings, parents, friends and mentors will be shared to show the world that loving ourselves comes in a variety of meaningful relationships. To share your story, visit their website.

Also in time for Valentine’s Day, Black Lives Matter Portland is hosting a free “Blackentine’s Day” celebration at In Other Words Bookstore, 14 N.E. Killingsworth St. It will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. There will be music, dancing, and light refreshments. Learn more at their event page.