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Author Walidah Imarisha will aim to tackle question: 'Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon?'

Lake Oswego's Respond to Racism group is partnering with the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community and Mary's Woods to host renowned scholar, activist, and author Walidah Imarisha and her presentation "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?" at Mary's Woods July 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cascadia Hall on the Mary's Woods Campus (17520 Mesnard Street, Lake Oswego).

The interactive discussion delves into the history of Oregon's anti-Black laws and lingering effects that we can still feel to this day. Imarisha's scholarship on Oregon Black history, among other subjects, has earned her countless accolades, international speaking engagements and numerous media interviews.

Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and poet. She is the co-editor of two anthologies including "Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements." Imarisha is also the author of "Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption," which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and the poetry collection "Scars/Stars." She spent six years with Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project as a public scholar facilitating programs across the state about Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration and the history of hip hop. She was one of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop magazine AWOL. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University's Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts' Masters in Critical Studies, Portland State University's Black Studies Department and Oregon State University's Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department.

To register, click here.


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