Only program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest

The Black Studies Department, officially established in 1970, centers the experiences, voices, and research of people of African descent as a way to challenge dominant narratives. Our research and teaching covers pre- and post-colonial Africa and the African Diaspora in its multiple regions.

COVID-19 Update: Our office in Parkmill 150 is physically closed, but we are still here to help you. You can email us at blackstudies@pdx.edu or join us at our virtual front desk, open M-F 10am-2pm for Spring term.
 

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'Critical Thought & Activism' Cluster Hire

Black Studies is hiring for two tenure-track positions as part of the School of Gender, Race and Nations' "Critical Thought and Activism" cluster hire initiative. Follow the link for more information about the hires and upcoming candidate presentations.

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COVID-19 Support for Students

Hardship funds are available for students needing help with technology, food, rent, transportation and/or other basic needs. 

 

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Major or Minor in Black Studies

We offer a major, minor and post-baccalaureate certificate. Our innovative program incorporates courses from many departments and focuses on the historical and contemporary issues of people of African, African American, Afro-Latin@ and Caribbean descent.

Upcoming events

Oregon Black Pioneers: From Memories to Memorials

Since 1993, Oregon Black Pioneers has expanded the awareness of Oregon's…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-11 12:00:00 2021-05-11 13:30:00 Oregon Black Pioneers: From Memories to Memorials Since 1993, Oregon Black Pioneers has expanded the awareness of Oregon's African American heritage by revealing the larger stories behind scant historical references. OBP Executive Director Zachary Stocks joins the Black Bag Speaker Series to share some of the organization's key accomplishments, some of the Black people left out of mainstream "pioneer narratives" and what the organization is working on today. The Black Bag Speaker Series creates a place where scholars, artists, community organizations and activists whose work focuses on issues related to the communities of Black and African people in Portland, Oregon, and the nation can engage in critical, insightful discussions with the Portland State University community. https://pdx.zoom.us/j/86504389293 blackstudies@pdx.edu blackstudies@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

How Do You Reconcile a Lynching?

This Black Bag Speaker Series program will cover the the legacy of…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-27 12:00:00 2021-05-27 13:30:00 How Do You Reconcile a Lynching? This Black Bag Speaker Series program will cover the the legacy of lynching in America, how we can find reconciliation, and how lynching is still a relevant topic to us today. It will be led by Taylor Stewart, who started the Oregon Remembrance Project in fall 2018 to promote a sober historical reflection and memorialize Alonzo Tucker, a Black man who was lynched in Coos Bay, Oregon, in 1902 in front of a crowd of 300.  The Black Bag Speaker Series creates a place where scholars, artists, community organizations and activists whose work focuses on issues related to the communities of Black and African people in Portland, Oregon, and the nation can engage in critical, insightful discussions with the Portland State University community. https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82482130916 blackstudies@pdx.edu blackstudies@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public
News clips from 1969-1970 about the establishment of the department.  To view the articles, please click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Studying Black America

Established in 1970, the Center for Black Studies at Portland State University facilitates the study of the past and present experiences of Black America.

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Black Bag Speaker Series

The series provides a forum for people and organizations doing work that addresses issues related to the community of Black people in Portland.

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