Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years ONLINE Exhibit

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ONLINE Exhibit

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.


The Collins FoundationFred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community TrustHerbert A. Templeton Foundation
James and Marion Miller FoundationNortheast Coalition of NeighborhoodsThe Oregon Cultural TrustOregon Humanities
Rose E. Tucker Charitable TrustMeyer Memorial Trust
Samuel S. Johnson Foundation
Pat & Trudy RitzSpirit Mountain Community The StandardNW Natural
Grantors to Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years


Anonymous DonationThe Honorable Sen. Robert & Judy BoyerKerri Creager and Brian JohnsonMichael & Kimberly S. Moreland
My Beautiful Life Story Photo Archivist and CuratorThomas and Willie RichardsonRaimore ConstructionThe Skanner Foundation
The Pioneer Trust Bank FoundationProsper PortlandPortland Trail Blazers
Sponsors of Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years


City of Portland ArchivesThe Oregonian ArchivesThomas Robinson, Historic Photo Archive
Contributors to Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

Media Sponsors

KGW Oregon Public BroadcastingThe Oregonian
KBOO 90.7
Media Sponsors Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years