Library to host discussion on racism in Newberg
As a continuation of nonprofit Oregon Humanities' statewide effort titled the "Conversation Project," the Newberg Public Library is hosting a discussion in February on racism in Oregon. The event, titled "Oregonians and the State's Racist Past, Present and Future," will explore the state's unique history of racism, how Oregonians are discriminated against today and how that might look in the years to come.
"Oregon has a long history of racism that continues to influence the state today," a release from the Newberg Public Library said. "While we often look at how the state's racist history affects policies and institutions, we talk less about how it affects people's personal understanding of racism and racist experiences. What does Oregon's racist past mean for Oregonians? How does the state's history affect how bias shows up for individuals?"
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the library and is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. The host, Tai Harden-Moore, brings a particular expertise on the subject. She was characterized by the library as "dedicated to being a voice for underserved communities."
Harden-Moore earned a law degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law and was the lieutenant governor for non-traditional students at the American Bar Association Law Student Division. That position allowed her to work with underserved groups including students of color, women and LGBTQ students.
"Since graduating from law school, Tai has demonstrated her commitment to social and economic justice and to racial equity," the library's release said. "From her service on local nonprofit boards to articles published by the Skanner News, Black Commentator, African American Times and Huffington Post, Tai has chosen to use her voice to effect change in our community."
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