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2016: Racing for Change Exhibit

$675 of $200k goal

Raised by 6 people in 3 months
Zoe Morrison
on behalf of Oregon Black Pioneers
 SALEM, OR
How You Can Help


A fundraiser is being held for our upcoming exhibit: Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years 2018 Exhibit and Community Dialogue

The entire board of Oregon Black Pioneers is asking for your help :We need your help to raise $200,00 which will help us to design, develop, and implement Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years.

Funding sources include grants, sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and donations.


Civil Rights in Oregon

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is a groundbreaking exhibit and associated programs about the courage, struggle and progress of Oregon’s black residents during the civil rights movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

This interactive project will engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how housing and employment discrimination practices affected Oregon’s black populations and spurred the civil rights movement in Portland and outlying areas.

 
The exhibit connects Oregon’s state legislative action barring education, employment and housing discrimination practices, and Oregon’s 1953 State Civil Rights bill, with national civil rights milestones.


 
Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is a partnership project with The Oregon Historical Society and will be on display at The Oregon History Museum January 15 - June 2018. The exhibit will be available for other venues in 2018.

 

Connecting With Today’s Oregon

Through personal photos and artifacts, text, and interactive experiences, the exhibit illuminates Oregon’s vibrant black community during the civil rights era, amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement.

Through the exhibit and accompanying community dialogues and programs, visitors will connect and compare past conditions with present-day realities.

Three monologue performances entitled Through Our Own Eyes and centered around the civil rights movement and Jefferson High School during the 60s, 70s and 80s have been developed.

Connecting with Today’s Children

Most importantly, The Oregon Historical Society is helping create curriculum materials and organizing school visits for this extraordinary exhibit. Interactive experiences and oral history projects will help children connect with African American history and the civil rights movement.



Oregon Black Pioneers

Oregon Black Pioneers is the state’s premier organization dedicated to illuminating African Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history through research, publications, exhibits, and community outreach.

We serve  children and school groups and communities organizations annually. This exhibit builds on three past highly successful collaborations with The Oregon Historical Society, and reflects the all-volunteer organization’s increasing capacity to create meaningful opportunities for dialogue and learning.

Resource Needs for the 2018 Exhibit

Exhibit Planning, Administration & Coordination 
 $         95,000
Research, Writing & Editing
 $         20,000
Exhibit Design, Permissions, Development & Fabrication 
 $       360,000
Marketing & Printed Materials
 $           5,000
Evaluation
 $           5,000
Traveling Exhibit
 $         20,000
Donor Recognition & Fundraising
  $        30,000
Public Programming/Play & Oral History
 $         30,000
Total Expenses
 $       565,000
 

How You Can Help

We need your help to raise $200,000 to design, develop, and implement Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years. Funding sources include grants, sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and donations.

Contact us via our website if you would like to arrange an in-kind donation, volunteer to serve on a committee, assist with fundraising or become a member of our volunteer board.
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$675 of $200k goal

Raised by 6 people in 3 months
Created December 23, 2016
Zoe Morrison  
on behalf of Oregon Black Pioneers
RB
$100
Ron and Naomi Bloom
1 month ago

We continue to be impressed with work of Oregon Black Pioneers--always important, now more than ever.

EG
$200
Elise Gautier
1 month ago

Thank you for all your great work.

LF
$50
Laura Lo Forti
2 months ago
$200
Kimberly Moreland
2 months ago
WB
$75
Wiley G. Barnett
2 months ago

Contributions to validating history re-creates us all and reaffirms historical truth. Thanks be to the Oregon Black Pioneers program!

$50
Zoe Morrison
3 months ago

Looking forward to collaborating with Oregon Historical Society on this groundbreaking Civil Rights Exhibit!

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