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July 16, 2022


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Folake Phillips

Founder & Executive Director, AWO

Folake founded AWỌ in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota police and the Black Lives Matter street protests that erupted during the US COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. She is keen on creating opportunities that connect the different shades of huemanity for deeper cross-cultural understanding and exchange.

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Marico Sayoc

Executive Director


Marico Sayoc is the former Mayor and currently a Council Member in Los Gatos. She is the Executive Director of Cassy and focuses on providing and improving in-school youth mental health services.​


Cindy Chavez

Board of Superviors

County of Santa Clara

Cindy Chavez represents close to half a million residents in District 2. On the Board of Supervisors, she chairs the Board's Children, Families and Seniors Committee and serves on the Fiance and Government Operations Committee.​

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Ann Jealous


Combined Destinies

Ann Jealous spent her career teaching college students and nearly thirty years of work in psychotherapy and diversity training that provided innumerable stories and the privilege of facilitating healing. ​

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Combined Destinies

Caroline T. Haskell is the Founding Director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center and currently oversees all of Health and Wellness Services at California State University, Monterey Bay.​

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Quynh-Mai Nguyen

Vietnamese-American Social Practice Artist

Quynh-Mai Nguyen (she / chị / em), sounds like gwin-my-win. She is a social practice artist, community organizer, creative producer, and musician living in San José, CA. Quynh-Mai is dedicated to working with underrepresented communities.​


Mandjou Kone

West African Griot Storyteller

Mandjou Koné descends from the Koné family, a well-known Griot lineage. The Griot of West Africa are mediators, peace makers, and councilors of society. For over a decade, she has performed the songs and dance of Sierra Leone throughout the Bay Area.​

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African-American Theatre Ensemble

Tabia is based in San Jose and is in its 37th season of performances in the SF Bay Area. The name Tabia is a Swahili word for “talented,” and represents the creativity, devotion and diversity of the Ensemble’s pool of artists.​

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Venus Jones

African-American Spoken Word Artist

Venus Jones is a renaissance woman and an internationally known performance poet who has produced three books and four spoken word albums.​

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Oluwaseunfunmi Turner

Yoruba Storyteller

Oluwaseunfunmi Sarah Turner was a member of the cultural group organized by her school. It was there she learnt and immersed herself in the art of dancing, singing and staging.​


Khalilah Ramirez

Peace Dancer

Khalilah Ramirez, Dancer of Peace, performing artist, teacher and author fosters peace in every heart.​


College of Adaptive Arts


College of Adaptive Arts paves a new path for adults with special needs who historically have not had access to college education to have a safe and adaptive collegiate environment to continue to learn, grow and become the best versions of themselves.​

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Sherinda Bryant

Workshop Facilitator

Social Justice Eduacator

Sherinda Bryant has served as an English and Social Justice educator  for 12+ years and has cultivated a passion for providing youth and adults with culturally restorative learning opportunities. ​

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Jen Siraganian

Workshop Facilitator

Los Gatos Poet Laureate

Los Gatos Poet Laureate Jen Siraganian is a writer, educator and literary organizer. She has served as Managing Director for Litquake.​

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Alexis MacNab

Workshop Facilitator

Theater Artist

Alexis Macnab is an artist and educator with a background in physical theater, contemporary dance, and puppetry.​




Nkan is a songwriter, percussionist and performing artist with over 10 years of experience with a theatre troupe. She has performed at festivals around the Bay Area and released a new single this July.​


Brenda Eldridge

Public Reader

With a background in Sociology and Christian ministry, Brenda has worked for various agencies including the three branches of the Army. She is interested in cultural experiences regardless of ethnicity.​


Joey Mendoza


Joey Mendoza is a Filipino singer/songwriter. She writes music that helps people understand who they are and is currently producing her first album under the name ‘sheeponmyfeet.’​


Dhanya Ramanan

Public Reader

Dhanya is a passionate 13 year old that does championship work on social causes. She dabbles in stand-up comedy and has written a book on acceptance and love beyond gender orientation.​


Mohamed Bangoura 


Mohamed Bangoura hails from the Susu tribe of Conakry, Guinea in West Africa and is a master of music and dance. 

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Tosin Aribisala


Alayo Band

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Kiazi Malonga

Congolese Drummer & Dancer

Alayo Band

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Soji Odukogbe


Alayo Band

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Baba Ken Okulolo

Nigerian Bassist

Alayo Band



The County of Santa Clara, Growing in Community, DESJ Division of Equity and Social Justice


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  • AWỌ Presents: Family, Fun and Financial Wellness
    AWỌ Presents: Family, Fun and Financial Wellness
    Sun, Feb 25
    Sacred Heart Community Services
    Feb 25, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Sacred Heart Community Services, 550 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
    Feb 25, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Sacred Heart Community Services, 550 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
    Are you committed to transforming your financial future and to building a legacy of economic empowerment? This year, we are maintaining the momentum with our self-care and financial wellness event for families this Black History Month.

One way we seek to renew and reweave our social fabric is through the power of rhythms, histories and traditions by showcasing drums that trace their histories to
Nigeria, West Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, and more...

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