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Celebrate Black History Month: Resources

This supplementary research guide was created to highlight resources available through the WOU library, as well as external sites of interest.

Regional & Local Organizations

Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

We do this by investing in stable housing; through workforce development; community health; education and well-being; for our youth, adults and seniors. Our culturally specific programs and services, combined with our powerful advocacy and civic engagement, empowers Black communities to thrive across Oregon and SW Washington.


The Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) is a nonprofit corporation established in 1983; and received its nonprofit/tax-exempt 501 (c)3 status in April 1986 (EIN 93-0843267). For the last 38 years, The Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for BIPOC and other marginalized communities in Oregon. Our ultimate goal is to increase post-secondary opportunities for youth, to support Nonprofit Leadership Program by putting funds into the hands of BIPOC and/or female-led and -serving organizations that provide vital resources for our community and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups through our Community Justice & Equity initiatives.


Coalition of Communities of Color

The Coalition of Communities of Color's mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.




Recommended Podcasts: Black Health and Wellness (2022)

Teaching & Research

Oregon Black Pioneers is Oregon’s only historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting the experiences of African Americans statewide. Since 1993, our organization has illuminated the seldom-told history of people of African descent in Oregon. We are inspired by the tenacity of Black Oregonians who have faced discrimination and hardship to make a life for themselves here over the past 400 years. We honor their sacrifices by remembering their stories and by sharing them to the public.


The Oregon History Project is a digital resource of the Oregon Historical Society Museum and Research Library.





A Conversation Project program reveals the stories and struggles of Oregon'’s African American communities. The timeline was created by Walidah Imarisha.



Portland State University LibraryA pioneering cohort of Portland, Oregon, area teachers spent the week of 16-20 June 2014 remaking the way local African American history can be taught in public school classrooms. This week-long intensive seminar was led by Portland State University faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and from the Graduate School of Education. his project brings inquiry-based education to life and places Oregon into a national context as well.

BEAM Village - Home | FacebookThe Black Educational Achievement Movement (BEAM) is a collective of Black educational service providers united under the mission to break generational cycles of socioeconomic suppression for Black residents through community-driven educational support structures. BEAM offers educational support programs from primary to post-secondary ages.


JSTOR - WikipediaInstitutionalized Racism: A Syllabus. This collection of free scholarship includes reading and video resources to help understand institutionalized racism in the classroom. All linked resources are free to view