Intisar Abioto was one of three Oregon writers awarded Emerging Journalists, Community Stories fellowships by Oregon Humanities in 2018. During this fellowship, each of these journalists worked on a longform story under the mentorship of a Pulitzer Prize–finalist journalist.
Abioto's project, "Black Mark, Black Legend," explores the stories and works of underrecognized Black artists in Oregon and the impact of these artists on her own life as an artist. Her mentor for this project was Kimberly A. C. Wilson, a former staff writer for the Oregonian who is now communications director for Meyer Memorial Trust.
In this interview, I talked with Abioto and Wilson about Abioto's reporting project and celebrating Black presence and creativity in Oregon amidst the state's history of erasure and oppression.
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