Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

NAACP picketing City Hall. September 30, 1963. Photo by Hugh Ackroyd (b. 1913) 11972-5

January 15 – June 24, 2018

  • Free for Members
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers
  • Handicap Accessible Friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers.

This exhibit illuminates Oregon’s vibrant black community and their courage, struggle and progress amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement during the civil rights movement in Oregon in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

This interactive project engages visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how housing and employment discrimination practices affected Oregon’s black populations and spurred the civil rights movement in Portland and outlying areas.

The exhibit connects Oregon’s state legislative action barring education, employment and housing discrimination practices, and Oregon’s 1953 State Civil Rights bill, with national civil rights milestones.

About the Oregon Black Pioneers

The state’s premier Black heritage organization is dedicated to illuminating African Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history through research, publications, exhibits, and community outreach. The organization's newest exhibition, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years, directly builds on three highly successful collaborations with the Oregon Historical Society and reflects the all-volunteer organization's increasing capacity to create meaningful opportunities for community dialogue and learning.

Oregon Black Pioneers