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Continuing Education

(OWP) Reading and Writing About Race in Portland

Date: 5:00pm PST March 8, 2013 - 8:00pm March 14, 2013 Location: Northeast Portland, OR

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Northeast Portland, OR

This three-day workshop is for teachers and community members of all ages who want to explore Portland’s history with race and racism.

This workshop will examine local history with ongoing segregation and racism by reading historical documents, first person testimonies, and poetry as we walk the streets of Portland’s historic African American and Japanese American neighborhoods.

Participants will look at the multiple causes of racial segregation and racism to understand how institutional racism is perpetuated today. We will also use our own writing of poetry and narrative as texts for our discussions.

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Course Details & Registration

Dates:  Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9; and Thursday, March 14, 2013

Times:  Friday, March 8, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Thursday, March 14, 5-8 p.m.

Locations: Friday: Rosemary Anderson High School, 717 N. Killingsworth Court; Saturday: to be announced by instructor on Friday evening; Thursday: Room C-4, Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby Avenue

Instructor: Tom McKenna, M.A.T.

Degree-applicable credit:  ED 695, 1 semester hour, $500

Continuing education credit:  CEED 895, 1 semester hour, $350

To register or for more information contact Pam Hooten at

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

About the Instructor

Tom McKenna, M.A.T. is considered one of the outstanding scholars of local history. He is a poet, a story teller, and a historian. He brings over forty years of classroom history teaching experience from Grant High School to Portland Youth Builders to Rosemary Anderson Academy to share. Tom has contributed to various curriculum publications. In particular, he was the lead writer on the Zinn Education Project’s companion to the award-winning documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America.”

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