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Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History
July 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha leads participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation.
The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community is pleased to partner with Respond to Racism LO, and Mary’s Woods to bring Walidah Imarisha to our community on July 23rd. The event will be held at the Mary’s Woods Campus, Dunn Community Center (Cascadia Hall) from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
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.
(Photo by Pete Shaw)