Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History
July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Imarisha shares information on black history in Oregon through the historical timeline she developed during years as a public scholar facilitating programs throughout the state under the sponsorship of the Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project.
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and poet. She is the co-editor of two anthologies including Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Imarisha is also the author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award,and the poetry collection Scars/Stars. She spent 6 years with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project as a public scholar facilitating programs across the state about Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. She was one of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop magazine AWOL. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts’ Masters in Critical Studies, Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, and Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department.