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Racing to Change

Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

From January through June 2018, the Oregon Historical Society proudly hosted Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Now, thanks to OHS’s partnership with Visiting Media, students and history enthusiasts across Oregon and beyond can experience the exhibit online.

Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. The era brought new militant voices into a clash with traditional organizations of power, both black and white.

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2021 Major support by

The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Oregon Cultural Trust

The Collins Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Heritage

Oregon Humanities

The Roundhouse Foundation

Herbert Templeton Foundation

Pioneer Trust Bank

Special thanks to our friends

Jim Aalberg

Angela Addae

Heidi Brooks

Jim Buckley

Mac Burns

David Caldwell

Kelly Cannon-Miller

Eliza Canty-Jones

Gwen Carr

Dr. Christina Cid

Michael Compton

Ann Craig

Joy Davis

Bill Hart

Bob Hart

Marcia Hart

Natalia Fernandez

Pamela Filbert

Bruce Fisher

Emma Geddes

Kuri Gill

Steven Greif

Michael “Chappie” Grice

Dr. Lauren Gwin

Greg Hemer

Gabe Howe

Walidah Imarisha

Larry Landis

2021 Additional support by

Oregon State University

Sharon Leighty Consulting LLC

Clatsop County Historical Society

Auld Lang Syne Society

Libraries of Eastern Oregon

Cook Memorial Library

Harney County Library

Lake County Library

Oregon State Archives


Laura Lo Forti

Jon Mathis

Dr. Darrell Millner

Abby Mortimer

Eric Neimann

Graham Nystrom

Mary Oberst

Kylie Pine

Chelsea Rose

Rural Alliance for Diversity

Martha and Bill Rutherford

Anna Sloan

Mosi Smith

Taylor Stewart

Mark Tolonen

Gwen Trice

Kerry Tymchuk

Vanport Mosaic

Dr. Chelsea Vaughn

Annie Von Domitz

Ed Washington

Elizabeth White

Dr. Dana Whitelaw

Teresa Wicks

Katee Withee

Nicole Yasuhara

Gail Yazzolino

Irene Zenev

Dr. Bob Zybach