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Racing to Change

Published on 06/12/2020 under News
Racing to Change

Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers, illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change.

The era brought new militant voices into a clash with traditional organizations of power, both Black and White. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will engage in the examination of the repression and violence against African Americans that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary.

The exhibit explores how racist attitudes, policies of exclusion, and the destruction of Black-owned neighborhoods shaped Oregon, as well as the unceasing efforts of the Black community to overcome these obstacles.

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