Our Goals

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The Oregon Black Pioneers adopted a two-year strategic plan to guide its near-term priorities, and is working to complete a business plan that will assure its sustainability over time. We are proud that we are able to continue the work of researching, documenting, and presenting this “lost history”. In 2011, we published our first book with “Perseverance” A History of African Americans in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties”.

A second book, “African Americans of Portland” was published in 2013. As our founders envisioned, we plan to move forward from there, expanding our work to include all Oregon counties and bringing attention and honor to all of Oregon’s black pioneers.