The Black Portlanders Project: Illuminating a Vibrant Community

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  • Alison
  • Jordan
  • Marie
  • Henry
  • Dawa
  • Family
  • Billy
  • Chanticleer Tru
  • Patricia and Robin
  • Monee
  • Bruce
  • Aleesha
  • Arika
  • Tazia
  • Luke
  • Rie
  • Drew and Anthony
  • Cookie
  • Johnny Disciple


Oregon's small population number is largely due to the state's founding. When Oregon was established in 1859, Black people were prohibited from holding real estate, making contracts or simply living in the Western state. 

(Photo: Intisar Abioto for BET) 

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