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In this presentation in the Black Bag Speakers Series, Dr. Darrell Millner gives a Black Portland history lesson; Dr. Karen Gibson and Mr. Ed Washington discuss gentrification, housing, displacement, and Vanport. Presented during Black History Month 2021 and sponsored by the Black Studies Department and Pan African Commons.

Dr. Darrell Millner is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, PSU Department of Black Studies; Dr. Karen Gibson is Associate Professor Emeritus, PSU Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning; Mr. Ed Washington is Community Liaison for Diversity Initiatives, PSU Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion. Recorded on February 11, 2021.




Black Studies, Portland History, Gentrification, Housing, Panel Discussion


African American Studies | United States History


Program begins with introductory info slides.

Session begins at approximately 00:01:40

Introductions by: Courtney Taylor (Coordinator, Pan African Commons); Walidah Imarisha (Assistant Professor, Black Studies, and Director of the Center for Black Studies); Charles Graham (PSU Student, Pan African Commons)

Dr. Millner: 00:07:56

Dr. Gibson: "Disinvestment: The Ancestor of Gentrification" 00:27:44

Mr. Washington: 00:56:50

Q & A period: 01:18:50

Total running time: 01:56:52


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