Join us for a screening of oral history documentaries, part of the Vanport Mosaic living archive, and presented in collaboration with Donna Maxey, Founder/Director of RACE TALKS. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films traces the story of Portland’s African American community from the 1940s to 1970s. It is a story of struggle, perseverance, and resilience that continues today.
Special guests: Vanport descendants Velynn and Alijah Brown will perform their poem Roots and Remnants.
The Vanport Mosaic is a community-driven, artist-led non-profit seeking to engage the public in remembering the silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest in order to better understand our present.
Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.