Alan Page, founder of the Page Foundation and Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 7th annual Harvest Gathering on November 19th at 7 pm at the Northeast Middle School.
The Northeast Harvest Gathering is an annual event dedicated to celebrating and fostering the Northeast community, by encouraging conversation among neighbors of diverse backgrounds and cultures in order to learn about each other. In addition to Justice Page’s speech, the event will feature music, table discussions and dessert.
This year’s Harvest Gathering theme is “Many Faces One Community.” Table talks will explore questions like: With the changing faces in our community, how can we individually and collectively, build a better community? How can neighborhood schools and education in general help build a better community? And how can we make everyone feel more welcome?
Along with providing a speaker, The Harvest Gathering is an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another and to talk about the community they live in.
“It’s all about bringing neighbors together, learning about them and breaking down barriers,” Diane Langer, chair of the Harvest Gathering’s planning committee said.
According to Langer, there has been a lot of enthusiasm and energy in planning this year’s event. Each member of the 10 member committee has worked towards getting the word out to areas that may not have heard about the event in the past including using social media to attract more of the younger population. Each committee member has also visited various neighborhood organizations with flyers to talk about the event with the community.
Although an average of 200 people attend the event each year, Langer would like to see more. She hopes that this additional effort in publicity will attract a diverse population who are interested in celebrating and building the fabric of the Northeast community.
A recipient of the Page Foundation Scholarship and a graduate of Edison High School will also be at the event to participate in the conversation.
You can find out more information about the event by going to the Harvest Gathering Facebook page.
WHAT: Northeast Harvest Gathering
WHY: To Celebrate community
WHEN:: November 19, 2012, 7 -9 pm
WHERE: Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes St NE, Mpls
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