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Making Home and Community Before and After the Fair Housing Act

  • McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 Northeast 33rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97211 United States (map)

African Americans who lived in Portland during the twentieth century built homes and communities that provided connection among family and friends, and space for growth and learning as government policies, realtors’ practices, and beliefs expressed by dominant Whites often restricted where and how Black people could live. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 challenged some of those discriminatory practices. This panel of Black Portlanders, who were all youths during this time period, will offer first-hand reflections on ways their families and neighbors built and sustained the meaning of home and community across the decades of the twentieth centuries, despite the local and national blocks that sought to prevent them from doing so. Free and open to the public; doors open at 6 pm.