Avel Gordly, a former Oregon lawmaker and self-described “warrior of light,” and others discuss the loss of Portland’s black communities in “Future:Portland”, a short video presented by the Oregon Humanities.

The video, produced by Brushfire Creative Partners and former OPB producer Ifanyi Bell, was inspired by Bell’s essay “The Air I Breathe.”

The essay was published in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine, “Quandary.” It details Bell’s experience growing up in Portland and eventually finding “there were never any truly black neighborhoods, but simply places in Portland where white people did not go out of fear.”

The video expands on the essay’s topics of gentrification and cultural isolation by exploring those topics through the perspective of various African Americans living in Portland.