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Oregon Black History Tour through Rural Oregon

Oregon Humanities and Rural Organizing Project team up on a six-county tour

This September, Oregon Humanities is partnering with the Rural Organizing Project to present programming about the stories and struggles of Oregon’s African American communities and how we respond to racism today.

The tour through six rural Oregon communities will feature Walidah Imarisha’s Conversation Project program “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.” Some programs will be followed by an organizing workshop about local responses to hate crimes.

“This partnership is an opportunity for our organizations to pool resources and get more Oregonians together to have difficult but thoroughly necessary discussions about potentially polarizing subjects like race,” says Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. “These face-to-face conversations are powerful tools in building and strengthening our communities.”

The tour will travel to Grants Pass, Redmond, Astoria, Albany, Newport, and Bay City September 4 through 9, 2014. Visit our web calendar for information about each event.

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