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We want to acknowledge that talking about Oregon’s racist history in often graphic detail can be traumatic for our BIPOC viewers. In addition, one of our white speakers used the N word when talking about Oregon’s history without a warning beforehand. It has since been bleeped. We apologize for this mistake and will learn from it in the future. 

A Conversation About Acceptance

Systemic racism and social injustice still exist, even 155 years after the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2020. It can be hard to acknowledge that these issues may be closer to home than we think. We’ll take a look at Central Oregon’s history of racial exclusion that invites a discussion of our community’s diversity and overall acceptance.

Join our panel to learn what initiatives we are taking and how you can ensure that Central Oregon grows to be more diverse, safe, and accessible to everyone.

Panel:

  • Marcus LeGrand: COCC College and Career Success Coach
  • Kip Jones: Executive Pastor, Antioch Church
  • Gena Goodman Campbell: Bend City Councilor
  • Kinsey Martin: Dual Immersion Program Director, Bend La Pine School Dist.

For a powerful primer, please watch, “PREMEDITATED UNIFORMITY: The Untold Racial History of Central Oregon.” Kip Jones helped write and direct this at times heart-wrenching documentary that is guaranteed to teach you things about our local history that you never learned in school.

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