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The Origins and Mutations of Racism


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The Origins and Mutations of Racism: Understanding History to Change the Future

Martin Luther King, Jr. called historian C. Vann Woodward’s 1955 book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, the “Bible of the Civil Rights Movement”, because it made clear that segregation was neither natural nor inevitable, but the product of a particular historical moment.

Mobilizing for anti-racist activism requires us to contend with the origins and mutations of racism.

This workshop will ground participants in the history of racist ideas and the social movements to combat them, thereby equipping us to change the future.

About the Presenter

Reiko Hillyer, PhD is an assistant professor of history at Lewis & Clark College. She is a social and cultural historian of the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries, with specialties that include the American South, African American history, and the history of public memory. Reiko has published articles in scholarly journals about the civil right movement, community policing, and prisoners’ rights, she also writes about and teaches in prisons. She is the author of Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South (2015, University of Virginia Press).

This project is supported by the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvementand Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public. Please register online.