Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Why Aren't There More Black People In Oregon?:
A Hidden History

Black history

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. Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon and will also discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape for Black Oregonians.

Feb 12th 1-3pm
Sylvania CC Rm 204

FREE FOOD served for students (have G number ready)!

ASL Interpreter or other accommodations by request via
Disability Services ST 229 | Email: disability.services@pcc.edu
PH: 971-722-4341 | FAX: 971-722-4882 | Video Phone: 503-928-5875


A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, organizer and spoken word artist.

She teaches in Portland State University's Black Studies Department, Oregon State University's Women's Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University's English Department.

Walidah has toured the country several times performing, lecturing and challenging. She has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons.

Walidah is one half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista and has shared the stage with folks as different as Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and organizer Yuri Kochiyama. She has appeared on Puerto Punx band Ricanstruction’s second album Love and Revolution and toured nationally and internationally with them.

Walidah was one of the editors for the first anthology to be released about Sept. 11 and the aftermath, Another World is Possible, and has had her words featured in Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Daddy, Can I Tell You Something, Word Warriors, and The Quotable Rebel.

One of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop publication AWOL Magazine, she is also the director and co-producer of the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans.

Walidah spent six years on the board of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, and helped to found the the Human Rights Coalition, a group of prisoners’ families and former prisoners with three chapters in Pennsylvania.