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Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History
Sunday, March 11, 2012 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
North Portland Library
512 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217 | 503.988.5394
Registration note: First come, first served.
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state-a history that is not taught in schools. Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon and will also discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped-and will continue to shape-the landscape for Black Oregonians.
Walidah Imarisha has taught in Portland State University's Black studies department, where she has created classes about topics as diverse as the history of the Black Panther Party, race and the history of prisons, Hurricane Katrina, and hip hop as literature. Sponsored by Oregon Humanities (formerly Oregon Council for the Humanities).