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The library offers two events to broaden knowledge on the contributions and achievements of African Americans in Oregon. 

The Lake Oswego Public Library is honoring Black History Month with two events recognizing the important contributions of Black Americans throughout history.

COURTESY PHOTO: LAKE OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY - The public library will host two virtual events that will share a part of African American history.

Learn about Vanport

From noon to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, the library will host a free, virtual screening of "A Place Called Home: From Vanport to Albina." The documentary is a collection of archival footage, photographs and first-person stories that tell the history of Portland's Black community from the 1940s to the 1970s.

A facilitated dialogue by Bruce Poinsette, co-chair of Respond to Racism, will follow the screening.

The film is offered in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, "Vanport: A Story Lived. A Story Told," which is on display at the library until Feb. 8. The pop-up exhibit tells the story of Vanport, a city of wartime public housing in Multnomah County in the 1940s. The exhibit touches on themes of migration, displacement and resilience.

Hear about the Black pioneers who built Oregon

Community members can expand their knowledge on Black history through a presentation by Zachary Stocks, executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers. OBP is a historical society dedicated to preserving the experience of Black Americans in Oregon.

Stocks will recount various stories and people that contributed to the state's history through photographs and anecdotes.

Links to both virtual events are available on the library's homepage.


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