We at Thrive Central Oregon believe that Black History should be celebrated during each month of the year, as the history (past and present) of Black Americans is tied to all of us, regardless of race. Struggles, movements, challenges and achievements alike, we encourage you to learn more and share with others.
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Did you know?
Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1889-1974) was one of the foremost civil rights activists in early 20th-century Oregon. As editor and owner of the Advocate, the largest African American newspaper in Oregon, and as a founding member of Portland’s NAACP, Cannady called out inequities in her community and advocated for an end to discrimination against the Black community in Oregon. Read more here.
Local Bend artist MOsley WOtta’s addresses themes such as owning a Black identity in the Bend community. You can stream his music on whatever’s your preferred streaming site.
Top Picks for Anti-Racist Educational Materials:
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
13th, a Netflix documentary
How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism, a podcast episode from Sounds True: Insights at the Edge
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum