Race Talks – “Fasten Your Seatbelts! It’s Been A Bumpy Ride: Historic Tours of Discrimination.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012. 7pm-9pm Location: McMenamins Kennedy School Organized By: Donna Maxey, Uniting to Understand Racism, and McMenamins Kennedy School Event Description: …Each month, Kennedy School hosts a presentation on a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, given by educators and experts on the topic at hand.

In July 2012, Race Talks is pleased to offer a special program of tours and discussion, in association with Fair Housing Council of Oregon, entitled “Fasten Your Seatbelts! It’s Been A Bumpy Ride: Historic Tours of Discrimination.”

 A BIG thanks to the Human Rights Commission, which is sponsoring the tours. There was a time when Oregon was known as the most discriminatory state north of the Mason Dixie Line. Until 1926, it was illegal for African Americans to live in Oregon, which was home to more than 70,000 Ku Klux Klan members. “Sundown laws” prevented Asians and African Americans from even staying overnight in many cities. These cruel facts are now history, but a history that has been forgotten by many.  Bus tours led by Alyssa Cudmore, of Fair Housing Council of Oregon, encompassing specific sites and neighborhoods in Portland, will be held 8:30am-12:30pm both Saturday & Sunday, July 7 & 8.

Then at 7pm on Tuesday, July 10, the speakers will be  Fair Housing staff including Moloy Good,  Legal Counsel; and Sharon Gary-Smith, Director of McKenzie River Gathering & former resident of the “old Albina” neighborhood. PLEASE NOTE: Space on the tours is limited, so sign up now to have your name entered into a lottery for a FREE seat on the bus, by emailing Tim Hills at past@mcmenamins.com and specifying your preference of either Saturday, July 7th or Sunday, July 8th. Winners of the drawing will be notified via email before July 1st.

To learn more about the Fair Housing Council’s historic tours of housing discrimination, go to the web site:



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