Oregon Black History Series
The Oregon Historical Society is excited to present a year of public programs, exhibits, lectures, and events, focused on showcasing the rich history of Oregon’s black community.
Upcoming Programs & Events
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Fiftieth Anniversary Programs
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
At the Oregon Historical Society
Free & open to the public
Sponsored by Oregon Humanities
Noon: Screening of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Join OHS and community members for a viewing of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given at the March at approximately 3 PM ET. After the viewing, Emmett Wheatfall, one of Portland’s premier poets, will offer his thoughts on the significance and meaning of Dr. King’s speech. For more than 30 years, Mr. Wheatfall has given dramatic readings of this important American voice and historic civil rights message.
7 PM: Teach-In on the Voting Rights Act
The 1965 Voting Rights Act was one piece of monumental legislation pushed forward, in large part, by the 1963 March on Washington. A recent Supreme Court decision renders invalid a significant portion of the act. Dr. Carmen Thompson, professor of history at Portland Community College, will moderate a discussion with Melissa Aubin, Attorney Advisor, US District Court for the District of Oregon, and Dr. Rev. LeRoy Haynes, Senior Pastor at Allen Temple CME and a veteran of the movement. Local organizations have been invited to inform attendees about how they are responding to the Supreme Court decision. Doors open at 6 PM — tour Windows on America to view an official copy of the 13th Amendment. These programs were made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.
Exhibit presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers
January 15 – April 21, 2013
February 14 – February 18, 2013
Exhibit presented by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
June 16 – August 11, 2013
Past Programs and Events
Community Free Day
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Special programs and activities supporting the All Aboard and Freedom Fighters exhibits.
History Pub with Gwen Carr, Hon. Avel Gordly, and Charlotte Rutherford
"All Aboard: Railroading and Portland's Black Community"
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7 PM
At McMenamins Kennedy School
All Aboard Panel Discussion
"What the Workers Have to Say: Stories You’ve Never Heard"
Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 3:30 PM
Oregon Humanities Conversation Project
"Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?"
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2 PM
At the Portland Art Museum
While Oregon has a long history of black exclusion and discrimination, it also has a vibrant history of black culture—a history that has often remained hidden. PSU professor Walidah Imarisha leads participants through an interactive timeline of the black experience in Oregon and will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped— and continue to shape —the landscape for black Oregonians. This program is presented by the Portland Art Museum, in conjunction with its exhibit of work by Carrie Mae Weams, and co-presented with Portland Center Stage in conjunction with their production of Clybourne Park. Conversation Projects are funded by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Lecture by Isabel Wilkerson
Author of The Warmth of Other Suns
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7 PM
At the First Congregational Church, Portland
Panel Discussion: "African American Women Reflect on Serving Together in the Oregon Senate"
Friday, April 19, 11 AM
Oregon State Capitol
In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the passage of Oregon's Public Accommodations Act, Oregon Historical Society hosted a panel discussion featuring three African American women who served in the Oregon State Legislature. Former Senators Margaret Carter and Avel Gordly and Senator Jackie Winters reflected on their experience serving our state in a special discussion moderated by Dr. Kim Williams of Portland State University.
Panel Discussion: "Coming to Oregon and Making Community Here"
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2 PM
Join historian Dr. Carmen Thompson and a panel of elders who will talk about their experience as part of the twentieth-century Great Migration out of the South. This program will offer a local component to Isabel Wilkerson’s April 16 Hatfield Lecture on the migration’s national history.
History Pub with Dr. Richard Etulain
Author of Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7 PM
At McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland
History Pub with R. Gregory Nokes
Author of Slaves Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, to be released by OSU Press in May 2013
July 29, 2013 at 7 PM
At McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland
Additional public programs will take place throughout the year to enhance our exhibits and lectures.
"Events take place at the Oregon Historical Society unless otherwise noted."
Special thanks to the 2013 Oregon Black History Series Sponsors
Ritz Family Foundation
Pacific Power Foundation
The Oregon Historical Society encourages you to visit additional exhibits and programs related to our state's racial history and culture."
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
Exhibit at the Portland Art Museum
Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue
Monthly programs at the Kennedy School Gymnasium
Two plays at Portland Center Stage
The Whipping Man