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Aleesha - AstoriaEarlier this year, we were proud to announce a statewide endeavor to connect, engage, and tell the story of Black Oregon for the production of the 2014 State of Black Oregon publication, a multi-disciplinary report to improve the experience and understanding of Black life in Oregon.

The 2009 State of Black Oregon Report, hailed as “required reading” the Oregonian’s Editorial Board, was a groundbreaking document which told the most in-depth story of Black Oregonians the state had seen, through data, research, case studies, and essays from experts around the state. It helped inform policymakers about the issues most deeply affecting Oregon’s Black communities and has been used in academic curricula throughout the state.

Our team is traveling from our offices in Portland into the counties, cities, and towns of Oregon to embark on an endeavor to connect and empower Oregon’s diverse Black experiences through research, data analysis, reporting, and photographic storytelling. In partnership with photographer Intisar Abioto of popular Portland street photography blog, The Black Portlanders, The State of Black Oregon will be an organizing tool for the community, a resource for policymakers, and a way to build bridges across Black communities in the state.

Now, leading up to its release, our State of Black Oregon report has its own home on the web.  See exclusive photos from around the State, and learn more about the process of creating and photographing the seminal report.


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