Addressing Racial Equity: Upcoming Events

At Christ Church we want to learn about racial inequality in our community. The Oregon Historical Society has some activities we want to highlight that we think will be helpful in our anti-racism work to fight white supremacy right here in Oregon. 

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·         “Racing to Change is an exhibit they have running  (1200 SW Park Ave, free) that illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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·         “Untold Stories from the Civil Rights Movement” is a talk on Monday night, March 26th at 6pm at McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave) 

·         There's also “Family Saturday” about African Americans in Oregon on Saturday, May 19th from noon – 4pm at the Oregon Historical Society 

Here’s more from their website on these events:

Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

“Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement – their strengths and greatest memories – as well as advice for young activists on how to get involved and what they can do to make a positive difference in their local communities.”

Racing to Change”. 

Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. The era brought new militant voices into a clash with traditional organizations of power, both Black and White. 

Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will engage in the examination of the repression and violence against African Americans that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. The exhibit explores how racist attitudes, policies of exclusion, and the destruction of Back-owned neighborhoods shaped Oregon, as well as the unceasing efforts of the Black community to overcome these obstacles.”

Family Saturday: African Americans in Oregon

“Families are invited to engage in the history of the Civil Rights Movement through hands-on, art based activities.”

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