Black History Month
Join us in celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events across the district!
Browse the PCC Library to explore and learn more about the achievements and contributions of African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month together.
Don't forget to check out the Cascade Festival of African Films. The festival honors the art and craft of filmmaking from that continent. All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Rock Creek Library display
The Rock Creek Campus Library will offer a special collection of work by African-American authors. This display will run throughout the month of February.
February 4, 5, 11, 12, and 18
PBS Film Series – “From Slavery to the White House”
3 - 5pm, Cascade, SC 03 Underground
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” This new six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House. Each two hour film will be shown in the Underground, SC 03.
"Communicating Self:" A Conversation with S. Renee Mitchell
10 - 11:30am, Southeast, Mt. Tabor Great Hall
Come join us as S. Renee Mitchell, an award-winning writer and performer, uses poetry, song and storytelling to explore how we allow other people to shape how we see ourselves and how once we learn, accept and become comfortable with our authentic selves, we can better control our communication and personal presentation. Renee, herself, went from an awkwardly shy, insecure and bullied girl to become a nationally respected columnist for The Oregonian. She also has travelled internationally as a public speaker, poet, playwright, actress and women's advocate. Renee has authored more than seven books, including a debut novel "Tangoing with Tornadoes", a book of poems entitled "i dare you" and a semi-autobiographical children's book, "The Awakening of Sharyn: A Shy & Brown Supergyrl," which she both wrote and illustrated.
Following the event, Mitchell will be selling and signing her books in the Great Hall.
Black / African American Staff and Faculty Panel, Discussion, and Luncheon
11:30am - 1pm, Sylvania, CC Building, Oak/Elm Rooms
This lunch will be lead by Dr. Joseph White, Professor Emeritus at University California Irvine. Dr. White will lead a panel and share his experiences on the Black/African American Staff and Faculty's journey and leadership in higher education.
About Dr. White: Dr. Joseph L. White is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. Respectfully called, the “Godfather of Black Psychology,” Dr. White was the first African American graduate from Michigan State University’s Clinical Psychology Program and is a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologists. A pioneer of culturally relevant practices in the field of psychology, education, and youth development, Dr. White was also instrumental in establishing the Educational Opportunity Program – a model for improving access and success for historically marginalized college students.
Film and Discussion: "Unequal Education"
3 - 5pm, Sylvania, CC Building, room 267 (Multicultural Center)
The Sylvania Multicultural Center will host the Revolutionary Film Series and Discussion. "Unequal Education" compares the everyday experiences of two middle school students and how disproportionate funding affects quality of education and furthers inequality.
Black Resource Fair
10am - 2pm, Cascade, SC Free Speech Hallway
Join the Black Student Union for music, vendors, resources and cultural food.
"The Rhythms and Dancing of West Africa"
11:30am - 1pm, Sylvania, Upper CC Mall
Come and enjoy the singing, drumming and dancing from Ghana’s own Chata Addy. Chata will bring an interactive concert with his groovy mix of Afro Reggae and Funky Highlife through traditional and contemporary West African music.
February 17 - 21
Rock Creek Food Services Presents: African American / Pan African Food Menu
The Rock Creek cafeteria will serve rich, exciting, and diverse menu items.
February 17 - 28
- African American Gallery of Influential Figures
Sylvania, Lower CC Mall
ASPCC will be showcasing African American figures in history who aren’t commonly recognized. Come learn about notable people who impacted our world through various fields.
Celebrating Oregon’s Black Pioneers
11am to 12 noon, Rock Creek, Building 9 Event Center
Willie Richardson, president of the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, will present “Celebrating Oregon’s Black Pioneers". Did you know that by 1844, Oregon had declared both slavery and the residence of African Americans within the territory to be illegal? Since the beginning, even before the wagon trains, African Americans have played an essential part in building Oregon. In Marion and Polk counties, they overcame the obstacles of wilderness, prejudice, and isolation, helping to create a vibrant community.
Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?
2pm, Rock Creek, Building 7 Room 104
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and Educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians, but all Oregonians.
Presentation by the Honorable Adrienne Nelson
6pm (reception following), Cascade, MAHB Auditorium
Portland Community College and the Black History Month district planning committee are proud to host a presentation featuring the Honorable Adrienne Nelson, whose judicial appointment in 2006 made her the second female judge of color in Oregon. Hear Judge Nelson share her journey and the discipline and dedication required for success.
Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Nelson was a public defender, an associate with Bennett, Hartman, Morris and Kaplan, LLP law firm, and the senior attorney/coordinator of the Portland State University Student Legal and Mediation Services. She serves on a variety of legal associations and committees and has won several honors and awards for her professional and community service.
RSVPs preferred; please RVSP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating for the presentation is limited and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The Box Marked Black, Tales from a Halfrican-American Mulatto.”
11:30am - 12:50pm, Cascade, MAHB 104
A solo performance piece by Damaris Webb, tracing the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era.
11am-1pm, Cascade, MAHB 104
Award winning film preview of “American Promise”--an intimate and groundbreaking look at the U.S. educational achievement gap. A documentary 14 years in the making, “American Promise” provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parents and educating their sons.
“Blueprints for Utopia: Science Fiction and Social Change”
11:30am - 1pm, Sylvania, CC Building, Oak/Elm Rooms
Lead by co-authors adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, co-editors of the upcoming anthology “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements,” a collection of science fiction written by organizers.
This presentation will explore examples of progressive science fiction, historic and contemporary, and emphasize the ways identity shapes our conceptions and dreams of the future.
Poetry Mic Night
3 - 6pm, Cascade, SC 03 Underground
Students and staff are invited to share original work only! Winner of the slam will receive a prize. Please sign up in SC 03.
“The Forgotten Northeast Black Community”
11am -1pm, Cascade, MAHB 104
This panel presentation will explore the history of black people and black communities in Oregon. You will learn about the city policies and rules that have displaced black families for generations. Come hear why there are so few blacks in Oregon, and why so many blacks continue to leave Oregon. The laws have changed, but has the mindset changed?
February 26 - April 3
- Tammy Jo Wilson: Perspective
Cascade Gallery, TH 102
Opening Reception in the Gallery: Wednesday, February 26, 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 26, 4 - 5pm, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB) room 221
Black Student Union Event
11am - 3pm, Cascade, SC Free Speech area and Cafeteria
Join the Black Student Union for an inspirational speaker, performers and prizes.