We are excited to announce this year's Parade Grand Marshal, Dr. S. Renee Mitchell!
Dr. S. Renee Mitchell is an educator, entrepreneur, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated former newspaper journalist, and the visionary founder of a nationally award-winning and transformative, youth leadership-development initiative called: I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday). This organization is one of only a few in the country with a trifecta seal of approval: Research-, evidence- and theory-based. It offers an upstream prescription for Black youth who are internally suffering from being spirit-murdered in classrooms, society and within families. Dr. Mitchell is a nationally recognized expert in culturally relevant social-emotional learning (SEL) and healing from racial trauma. Her unrelenting dedication to community uplift has also garnered her numerous local and national awards, including the 2021 Gladys McCoy Lifetime of Excellence Award, the 2021 Liberty & Hope Award and the 2019-20 Spirit of Portland Award, among others. Her upcoming book is titled: "In My Power, I Empower: Moving Black Youth from Spirit-Murder to Emotional Emancipation." Learn more about Dr. Mitchell at ·www.ReneeMitchellSpeaks.com ·www.TheSoulRestorationCenter.com
Photo by Rachel Hadiashar, courtesy of Resonance Ensemble