Think Out Loud

New executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers

By Tess Novotny (OPB)
July 30, 2020 3:50 p.m.

Broadcast on "Think Out Loud" Thursday, July 30.

Zachary Stocks recently started as the Oregon Black Pioneers’ first-ever executive director. As the latest Black Lives Matter movement has sparked efforts to rename racist geographic locations across Oregon and take down racist monuments, Stocks has been reflecting on the role of his organization in uncovering and preserving the history of Black Oregonians. We hear from Stocks about his new job and how he plans to build on the historical work of the Oregon Black Pioneers. We also hear from Bruce Fisher, president of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, about why there are still geographic locations with racist names.

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