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Oregon Historical Society
Published: 30 March 2018

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the publication of Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” local researchers are uncovering and analyzing new sources related to the history of housing segregation — and resistance to that discrimination — in Portland, Oregon.

Through a roundtable of short presentations, the audience will learn about the Black community’s creative tactics in resistance to housing discrimination, how the City of Portland used zoning to promote segregation or integration, ways Portland laws and policies created and enforced de jure racial segregation, and how private homeowners, developers, and realtors supported segregation through restrictive covenants in housing deeds.

The lecture will be presented by Greta Smith, Melissa Lang, and Dr. Leanne Serbulo, and will be moderated by Dr. Carmen Thompson.


Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97205

*The event is handicap accessible, free and open to the public.

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