The Black Cultural Festival is a Black-centered space that empowers healing and the celebration of Black excellence. “For us, by us.”
Founder and Event Producer
Talicia Brown-Crowell grew up in San Jose, California. In 1992 Talicia came to Oregon to attend College in Portland and then moved to Eugene in 2000. For 20 years Talicia has worked in public health, staffed rites-of-passage for Black folks in Memphis, practiced African spirituality with her teacher, Sobonfu Somé, and built her successful Black-owned business Harmony Massage in Eugene.
Talicia has a deep desire to create Black centered spaces. After years of attending predominately white festivals, and then getting to experience Black-centered cultural spaces and Brown family reunions in Gurdon, Arkansas. Talicia was inspired by the wisdom, safety and connection that she experienced by being in Black centered space.
The question she continually asks herself is “What would a cultural festival look like today, in this place, that centers Black people, and is for us, by us.” The Black Cultural Festival is her answer to that question.
Event Producer / Founder-Talicia Brown-Crowell
Creative Director- Treylon Day
Organizer & Volunteer Director- Shanae Joyce-Stringer
Administrative Support and Website Developer- Artemas Ori
Kokayi Nosakhere–Black scholar
Lela Ross–HONEY nonprofit
Mark Harris–professor/elder/Black scholar
Dr. Lawrence Rasheed–LCC Faculty
Kevin Summerfield–Churchill HS & City of Eugene — Youth Zone
Ayisha Elliott–Black scholar; MC
Eric Richardson–President of NAACP
Joshua Stroud–fiscal advisor/ADOS
Maisie Davis–disabilities advocacy; Youth Zone
Kenya Luvert–Black scholar
Matrisha Armitage–bookkeeper; Executive Director of MEPAA, Grrrlz Rock, and KIDZ Rock
Dallas Boggs, Police Commissioner, Black Professionals of Eugene/Springfield
Jhonelle Lewis–Black Owned Businesses Coordinator
Dr. Silky Booker–President of Oregon Alliance of Black Businesses; MC