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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers

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.

Using Visiting Media TrueTour™ technology and a computer or tablet, visitors to the virtual exhibit can experience the same content offered in the physical exhibit, as well as new digital enhancements. Get up close to artifacts, read text panels, and enjoy videos with Project Leader and Oregon Black Pioneers Secretary, Gwen Carr.

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.

Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will engage in the examination of the repression and violence against African Americans that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. The exhibit explores how racist attitudes, policies of exclusion, and the destruction of Black-owned neighborhoods shaped Oregon, as well as the unceasing efforts of the Black community to overcome these obstacles.

Thank You Sponsors


NW Natural
The Standard
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
Pat & Trudy Ritz
Samuel S. Johnson Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
PGE Foundation
Oregon Humanities
Cultural Trust
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
James and Marion Miller Foundation
Kinsman Foundation
Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Trust
The Collins Foundation


Portland Trail Blazers
Prosper Portland
Pioneer Trust Bank Foundation
The Skanner Foundation
Raimore Construction
Thomas and Willie Richardson
My Beautiful Life Story
Michael & Kimberly S. Moreland
Kerri Creager and Brian Johnson
The Honorable Sen. Robert & Judy Boyer
Anonymous Donation


Thomas Robinson, Historic Photo Archive
The Oregonian Archives
City of Portland Archives

Media Sponsors

The Skanner
The Oregonian
Oregon Public Broadcasting