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Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Oregon civil rights activist
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 1:30pm to Friday, April 23, 2010 - 3:00pm

Beatrice Morrow CannadyWHAT: A presentation by Kimberley Mangun, author of A Force for Change, the first full-length study of the life and work of one of Oregon’s most dynamic civil rights activists, African American journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady.

WHEN: 1:30–3 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2010

WHERE: 338 Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University (1825 S.W. Broadway). Directions, transportations, options and parking found here:

COST: The event is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Tracy Braden,

BACKGROUND: Kimberley Mangun’s biography A Force for Change: Beatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912-1936 (Oregon State University Press, 2010) illuminates Beatrice Morrow Cannady’s important role in advocating for better race relations in Oregon in the early decades of the twentieth century. It describes Cannady’s encounters with the period’s leading black artists, editors, politicians, and intellectuals, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, A. Philip Randolph, Oscar De Priest, Roland Hayes and James Weldon Johnson.

A Force for Change dispels the myth that African Americans played little part in Oregon’s history and enriches our understanding of the black experience in Oregon.

Kimberley Mangun is a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Communication. Before earning a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, she worked as managing editor of alternative media publications, a magazine publisher, and freelance writer.

Her research on Beatrice Morrow Cannady was the basis for an Oregon Experience documentary that first aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting in May 2007 ( Mangun’s articles have appeared in American Journalism, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and African American National Biography.

This lecture is part of the Positive Cross-Cultural Collaboration Speaker Series, and is made possible by grant funding through the Diversity Action Council in the Office of Diversity and Equity at Portland State University. This is a joint project between the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and PSU’s Multicultural Center. University Place, “the meeting place of many cultures” is co-sponsoring this event.