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

Date: 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT April 7 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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.

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

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

Presenter: Reiko Hillyer, PhD

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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 Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.