Join us for a screening of oral history documentaries, part of the Vanport Mosaic living archive. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films and audio narratives traces the story of Portland’s African American community from the 1940s to 1970s. It is a story of struggle, perseverance, and resilience that continues today.
Artist and Vanport descendant Velynn Brown will share her poem Roots and Remnants, and will facilitate a reflection on the beauty and challenges of story, home, community and belonging.
The Vanport Mosaic is a platform for memory activism. We amplify, honor, present, and preserve the silenced histories that surround us in order to understand our present and create a future where we all belong. The short documentaries presented as part of this program were made possible by Regional Arts And Council, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society.
Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.