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Black Bag Speaker Series

In an effort to develop a forum for people and organizations doing work that addresses issues related to the community of Black people in Portland, the Black bag Speaker Series began in October of 2006.  We have featured many key people and organizations speaking on important issues in Portland including but not limited to Oregon Senator Avel Gordly, Joann Hardesty from Oregon Action, Dr Joy Leary from Portland State University (Part 1 and Part 2).  Our series has focused on the following issues: race and sustainability; slavery; police violence; segregation and gentrification; education; the Black Panthers; AIDS and health in Portland, Oregon to name a few.  Lunch is provided at this event.

For more information, contact Dr. Ethan Johnson at or 503-725-5713.

February 18, 2016 - 12:00-1:30pm
Inside/Outside My Head: Hair and Community in Black Portland

Panelists include: Sharita Towne, MFA Alumni Art & Social Practice; Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning; and Amber Starks, Founder, Conscious Coils Salon

Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union 228
Portland State University

This event will be catered