Community Connections Events Additional Resources

Community Connections: Black Communities in Oregon. A conversation about historical context and current realities.

Oregon Community Foundation's  inaugural event in our new “Community Connections” virtual event series. 

This event was presented on Monday, August 31, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

For Philanthropic Resources and Further Reading, please go here.

Marcy Bradley, OCF Program Officer for Black Student Success, Moderator
Walidah Imarisha, Ann Curry-Stevens and Eric Ward, Panelists

Learn. Taking place during Black Philanthropy month, this event will focus on Black communities in Oregon. Walidah and Ann will discuss the historical context of race in Oregon and current education, health and housing for Black Oregonians.

Ann Curry-Stevens was the Principal investigator in a research partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color. Her work led to the release of a report, “Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” and a subsequent set of six community-specific reports that detail deep racial disparities across institutions and systems.

Walidah Imarisha presented statewide as a public scholar with Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project for six years on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. Her nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She has toured the country several times performing, lecturing and challenging.

Connect. Join OCF donors, volunteers, and staff for this shared learning opportunity.

Elevate. Be empowered to share new knowledge with your networks, friends and family and act to address disparities and support community needs.

Please continue to watch your inbox for future “Community Connections” event invites. September’s event will focus on Back to School and how philanthropy can help students and families.