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The AAUW & the WRC present Patricia Schechter, PhD: A Focus on Black Women in Oregon History
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 3:00pm to Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

In honor of Women's History Month

The American Association of University of Women and the Women's Resource Center are proud to present Patricia Schechter, PhD

Building A Common Ground of Learning: A Focus on Black Women in Oregon History

Thursday, March 31st 3:00PM in the WRC Lounge

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are pleased to have Patricia Schechter, PhD
as our featured speaker. Dr. Schechter is an Associate Professor of History at Portland StateUniversity. She is the author of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930 and a series of public history projects on Oregon women’s history.

The topic of Dr. Schechter’s presentation will be community-based learning and research, with a focus on African American women's history in Oregon. The talk will describe a broad-based effort undertaken by a number of community partners, students, and Dr. Schechter to build collections and knowledge in black women's history, and will highlight the publication of Avel Louise Gordly's memoir, due out in early March 2011.

Remembering the Power of Words

Memories of the Power of Words: The Life of Oregon Activist, State legislator and Community Leader. Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. She shares the challenges and struggles she faced growing up Black in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her determination to attend college, the dedication to activism that took her from Portland to Africa, and her eventual decision to run for a seat in the state legislature. Important as a biographical account of one significant Oregonian's story, the book also contributes "broader narratives touching on Black history (and Oregon's place within it), and most particularly the politics associated with being an African American woman," according to the Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest Series editor Melody Rose.