Black History Month gets center stage during a History Pub series night at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 Northeast 33rd Ave.
“Renewal and Removal in North and Northeast Portland” is the topic of the Monday, Feb. 22 discussion, co-sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage Center.
The 7 p.m. talk will focuses on the dramatic changes brought upon the predominantly African-American community radiating from Northeast Broadway and North Interstate Avenue, beginning in the 1950s.
Carl Abbott, Portland State University professor of Urban Studies and Planning, will introduce the topic and provide a contextual framework. Thomas Robinson, Historic Photo Archives, follows with a slide presentation of vintage photos of the changing landscape. Donna Maxey and Harvey Rice will then share their first-hand accounts about the community that was displaced by these developments.
The event is open to all ages and is free, although a donation of canned goods for the Oregon Food Bank is welcome.