The Board of Directors of Oregon Black Pioneers stands in solidarity with the community in this critical time in American history. We hope that this is not a moment, but a movement toward a more humane and equitable society.
The senseless murder of African Americans as we struggle with a COVID-19 pandemic elevates the urgency of our mission to educate the public about the history of African Americans in Oregon.
In the last month, we have witnessed the deaths of four Black Americans. Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade.
For many of us, their deaths represent images of ourselves, our children, our spouses, and our relatives. We stand in solidarity with the Oregon Black community and our allies.
Our work takes on a stronger purpose and will always focus on the truth and trauma inflicted by institutionalized racism that has plagued Black Oregonians since the inception of Oregon’s statehood. Oregon Black pioneers shaped the very fabric of our state, and their work has propelled our state to adopt and be accountable to civil rights laws, change injustice policies and practices, and move this state to be a home for all. We will continue to reveal the perseverance and strength of Oregon’s Black community.
We appreciate your continued support as we fulfill our mission to educate Oregonians about the history of Blacks in Oregon. As we write this letter, the next generation of history is being made, and we are proud to stand side by side documenting, preserving and educating Oregonians about our history makers.