Oregon has a history of Black exclusion and discrimination, but it has also played host to a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state — a history that is not taught in schools.
The Forest Grove City Library is pleased to partner with the Student Multicultural Center at Pacific University to host an online event on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with author and educator Walidah Imarisha who'll guide us through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power across the state and around the nation.
The program will be live-streamed to the Forest Grove Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel starting at 6:30 pm.
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar, and poet. She is the co-editor of two anthologies including Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, as well as the author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and the poetry collection Scars/Stars. She spent 6 years with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project facilitating programs across the state about Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. She was one of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop magazine AWOL. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts’ Masters in Critical Studies, Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department, and Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, where she directs the Center for Black Studies.
Professor Imarisha's appearance has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Friends of the Forest Grove City Library and Pacific University.