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Discussion About the Real History of Black People in Oregon with Walidah Imarisha

December 3, 2014


Thursday, December 4, 2014


Friendly House

2617 NW Savier St.

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. This is the focus of

“Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History,”

a free conversation with Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha. This program is hosted by Friendly House and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

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. She has facilitated writing workshops for students in third to twelfth grade…

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