Join Oregon Humanities January 25 at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland for a Think & Drink on the history of discrimination in land ownership and the effects of this history on identity and belonging. In Oregon, only 30 percent of Black families own their home, compared to 62 percent of white families. Nationally, Black Americans own less than 1 percent of private agricultural land.
Why is land ownership so unequal? At this event, the first in our 2017 Portland Think & Drink series, we’ll explore how Black Oregonians and other communities of color have been affected by exclusionary land ownership policies. Our guests are Rhea Combs of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers, and Melissa Lowery, director of the documentary Black Girl in Suburbia. The conversation will be moderated by Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.