PaviElle, Maria Isa, Mac Irv, Queen and Poets from Just Write Now, KPW, the ARTS-Us Youth Drummers and Dancers, and DJ Digie will perform at the 4th Annual Central Honors Philando, Aug. 18.
The celebration takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Dunning Recreation Center (next to St. Paul Central High School), 1221 Marshall Ave. The event is a scholarship benefit concert, community engagement fair, and a place to celebrate and honor the life of Philando Castile. Central Honors Philando began as a community response to the killing of Castile, killed July 6, 2016 after a traffic stop that was the result of racial profiling. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez said he was pulling over Castile because of his “wide set nose.”
Organized by his high school classmates, the event celebrates his life and raises money for a scholarship in his memory. The event also seeks to help prevent a similarly tragic injustice from happening while also ensuring that Castile’s personal legacy endures. Because the event also promotes civic engagement, this year there will be voter registration tables.
To date, more $100,000 has been raised for the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship and three scholarships have been awarded to Central graduates. Funds are managed by the St. Paul Central High School Foundation (SPCHSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are being directed to SPCHSF. All net proceeds from the event and other fundraising efforts go directly to the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship fund.
In addition to live music there will be food for purchase, raffle prizes, kids' activities, art, and more. The event is free to attend.