Writer, activist and artist Walidah Imarisha asks this question in a presentation that she has given in a number of Portland venues and all around Oregon. Oregon Humanities and the Rural Organizing project teamed up with Imarisha to bring black history to six cities in rural Oregon: Grants Pass, Redmond, Astoria, Albany, Newport and Bay City.
That tour has just wrapped up, and we’ll talk with Walida Imarisha about what she learned in those cities, and how she thinks the answer to the question informs the future.
What questions do you have about this project? Did you attend a “Why are there so few black people in Oregon” presentation?” What was your response?