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Black History Month Lecture at Library

Black History Month LectureEUGENE, Ore. — February is Black History Month and on Sunday, a professor from Portland State University hosted a lecture in Eugene about the topic.

The seminar, “Why Aren’t There More Black People In Oregon?” takes a look at black history in Oregon, from exclusion and discrimination to ways the black culture has helped many communities throughout the state.

The speaker believes the deep history has shaped the communities we live in today and she says she hopes everyone leaves with better knowledge of how we got to where we are today.

“I think that these issues of race identity and power affect every single one of our lives, whether we know it or not, and the history of race and racial exclusion in Oregon has created the state that we see around us,” said Walidah Imarisha, a professor of Black Studies at Portland State University.

The next seminar is next month in Beaverton.

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