Black Athletes Disrupting White Supremacy in Oregon

Bobby Robinson, 1928, Oregana 1929, UO Special Collections and University Archives, Eugene, Oregon

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These exhibit panels were displayed on the campuses of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University during February 2014 to accompany public programs about national and state history related to African American football players. The exhibit panels were created by Dr. Darrell Millner of Portland State University in collaboration with OHS staff. The public programs featured Dr. Michael Oriard, former NFL player and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Literature and Culture at Oregon State University, and Mr. Herman Brame, independent researcher and author of Forgotten Ducks: The Story of Robinson and Williams. At Oregon State University, the speakers were joined by a panel of sociology professor Dr. Dwiane Plaza, and former OSU football players Earnel Durden (1956-1958) and Ken Simonton (1998-2001).

The exhibit is available for use in any educational setting, with a print-quality PDF (11MB) available for download.

Exhibit Panels (11 MB PDF)

The programs and this exhibit were made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the NEH, which funds Oregon Humanities' grant program. Special thanks to UO Special Collections and University Archives; OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center; and University Archives, Portland State University for allowing this reproduction of images in their collections (specific credit lines are printed on each panel).

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The exhibit is available in the form of PDFs that host venues may print and display. Please contact Tara Cole, Museum Services Coordinator, at 503.306.5223 or for inquiries.