Important Speeches Sponsored by Black Studies!

Public Dialogue on the American Dream Theme: Black Studies Center Public Dialogue

This discussion, presented by the Portland State Black Studies Center, was Part 2 of 2 in a "Public Dialogue on the American Dream Theme."

 "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," Part 1

PSU Alumni Dr. Joy Degruy [Leary] discusses her highly-acclaimed book, "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome." Part 1 of 2. Recorded October 17, 2006.

"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," Part 2

PSU Alumni Dr. Joy Degruy [Leary] discusses her highly-acclaimed book, "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome." Part 2 of 2. Recorded October 17, 2006.


"Nkrumism: The Correct Ideology for the African Revolution"

Stokley Carmichael, an American civil rights activist, rose to prominence as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther Party. He authored numerous books addressing Black Power, and along with Black Power co-author Charles Hamilton, is credited with introducing the term "institutional racism." In this recording, Carmichael contends that the Black American should consider himself an African rather than an American, and feels that change in the United States can only be brought about by a socialist revolution, since the capitalist system is basically corrupt. October 9, 1973.

Black Studies Faculty Featured in Media

OPB: Oregon's Black Pioneers

By Kami Horton
February 25, 2019
“Oregon’s Black Pioneers” explores the stories of the African-Americans who lived, worked and created communities despite the hardships. Using rare historical photographs, primary documents and expert interviews, this half-hour documentary examines the little-known history of Oregon’s black pioneers. One of the featured interviews is with Portland State University's Black Studies Professor Emeritus, Dr. Darrell Millner.



Supporting Communities of Color

February may be Black History Month but Dr. LM Alaiyo Foster (BS ’01, BA ’04, MA ’07) asserts that black history is important 365 days a year. “A dedicated ‘month’ does give us focus to honor what we as a people have contributed and sacrificed for this country,” she grants. “It’s a time for all children and adults to be reflective, recommit ourselves, and be aspirational.”

Click on the title to read the full article from PSU's Alumni Association!