Events and resources to help you celebrate Black History Month
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President's Message

Happy Black History Month and I trust that you are all well. For us, the celebration of who we are, what we have endured and accomplished is every day, not just the month of February. Supporting you in the roles in which you serve is the heart of our mission and the best avenue to reach our kids and families to keep our history and the truth alive. I encourage you to join us for our sponsored event on Friday, February 17th, for the showing of, “Let the Little Light Shine” (see below for details). This powerful documentary is ORABSE’s small way to honor this month and the all-day, everyday evolution of our struggle and victories. Many thanks to all of you for what you do to advance our people and the cause for which we fight. I hope to see you at “Let the Little Light Shine”!
~Kevin Bacon
ORABSE President

ORABSE Black History Events


The ORABSE Educators' Symposium:  Building Educational Excellence 

We are seeking workshop facilitators for our symposium. Be a part of this uplifting event to bring Black Educators together for professional development for us and by us.

Workshop proposals are being accepted until February 20th at 5:00 p.m. Honorariums are $250. 

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Christensen,, or Dori King,
April 15, 2023 | 8:30 - 1:30 p.m.      
Location: TBD

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Let The Little Light Shine Film Screening

As part of our Black History Month Celebration, ORABSE is hosting a screening of the Film, "Let the Little Light Shine," directed by Kevin Shaw.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30, and the screening will begin at 6PM, followed by a Q&A.
Feb 17,  2023 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM 
June Key Delta Community Center,
5940 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

World Stage Theatre: Black History Events

World Stage Theatre has 10 Black History events. ORABSE will pay for members to see the play 'Who Am I Celebrating Me.' This play was created by Portland native Shalanda Sims (Vanport The Musical, Redefining Alberta) told through heartfelt poetry and prose to the soundtrack of soul encompassing music, singing and dancing, and performed by youth and adults from the Portland metropolitan area, takes audience members on an historical journey they will not soon forget.   
February 25-26, 2023 | 7:00 PM    
Alberta Abbey - 126 NE Alberta St


Let's Be a Part of the National African-American Read-In

The National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Oregon only had 2 schools in the entire state participate last year.  This Black History Month, spread the word about the Read-In  and encourage more teachers  in Oregon to participate.  It's so easy! You just have to pick a day in the month of February where teachers in your school read a book written by an African American author.  You submit the date and when the event is over you share how many students were present.
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"Motown Night at the Oregon Historical Society" Cancelled

Motown: The Sound of Young America, Black Athletes Disrupting White Supremacy in Oregon,  and Experience Oregon exhibit headers
Due to low attendance, ORABSE's Motown Night at the Oregon Historical Society Event has been cancelled. In lieu of our Motown Night, we will offer the following events:

Oregon Historical Society Musuem Visit

We will meet on Tuesday, February 21st from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. There are three exhibits that highlight Black History: Motown - The Sound of Young America, Black Athletes Disrupting White Supremacy in Oregon, and the Experience Oregon. Lunch is included. We will also have Motown Trivia competition and the winners will receive a $30 gift card.

Black History Resource Presentation for Educators

A Zoom presentation about the education resources for our educators focusing on Black History on Friday, February 25th at 5:30. The resources include free curriculum, and field trips. Participants will receive a $30 gift card.
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If you can not attend this event, and live in Multnomah County, you can go see the Oregon History exhibits for free until March 26th. If you do not live in Multnomah County, OHS will also provide tickets; use the RSVP above to request a pass.

Partner Announcements

YOUth will have Black History Activities on  February 14th (Spoken Word) 15th (honoring Sheroes and Heroes, and on 20th a community dinner.
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Conversation with Author of 
This is My America
Join author Kim Johnson and Afrocentric Program Coordinator Marcus LeGrand in a conversation on this year’s Season of Nonviolence book discussion selection, This is My America.

Tuesday, February 21, 5-6 pm PST
Zoom Webinar
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6th Annual Black Youth Leadership Summit 
Black Southern Alliance Oregon will have their 6th Annual Black Youth Leadership Summit for  6th-12th Graders.

Thursday, February 23rd, from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm at Southern Oregon University, Ashland.
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Excellence Expo of Mastery & Empowerment

I Am MORE (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday) is partnering with Portland Public Schools to organize a showcase of Black students' talents from around the metro region. The event - the Black Student Excellence Expo of Mastery & Empowerment or Black S.E.E. M.E. - will be very interactive and culturally empowering.  

We hope community members, youth-serving organizations, teachers and others will encourage Black youth from around the region - elementary to college - to sign up to be featured at one of the event's Black Brilliance stations.  The youth presentations should be interactive and each youth will receive a stipend and a gift bag.

Topics include: Science/STEM, Black History, Photography/Film, Business/Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts, Fashion, Art and Music.

Saturday, February 25, 2023, 11:30 am - 4 pm, at the Blazer Boys & Girls Club, 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

For more information, email
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More Black History Resources

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A list of in person and online Black events throughout Oregon for Black History Month
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The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country, emphasizing the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.
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The best thing to get your endorphins up and pumping is adventure. Oregon has some of the best and most envied outdoor explorations in the nation. Try some of the must-visit Black History spots!
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