Historian Quintard Taylor, Jr. to speak on "The Other Black Northwest: Beyond Portland and Seattle"

University of Washington professor, Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr. will discuss African American history in the Northwest. He will focus on areas outside the metro hubs of Portland and Seattle and provide expert comparative commentary. This program is free
Sept. 11, 2008 - PRLog -- On October 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. the Center for Columbia River History will kick off its annual James B. Castles Lecture series at Portland State University. The 2008 Castle’s lecturer is University of Washington professor, Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr., a renowned historian of African Americans in the West. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Taylor will introduce audiences around the Columbia Basin to “The Other Black Northwest: Beyond Portland and Seattle.”

Dr. Taylor’s talk will provide students and the general public with a broader understanding of African American history in the Pacific Northwest. As Taylor points out, the vast majority of contemporary African Americans in this region reside in Portland or Seattle and their suburbs. Yet African American history in the Northwest hardly begins or ends with those urban hubs. Dr. Taylor will explore the "other" black Northwest, looking specifically at rural and small town communities centuries such as Walla Walla and Roslyn, Washington or Vernonia and Pendleton, Oregon in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He will also examine the growth of black communities during World War II in places such as Vancouver, Bremerton, and Pasco, as well as the unique civil rights experience of Spokane. This illustrated lecture will remind all that African American history in the Pacific Northwest is not confined to its largest cities.

Dr. Quintard Taylor, originally from Brownsville, Tennessee, received his B.A. from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Taylor has more than thirty years of teaching experience in African American history and specifically African Americans in the American West. He has authored two books, In Search of The Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990 and The Forging of A Black Community: Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era. He has also edited two anthologies, Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California and African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 and has written over fifty articles on western African American history, 20th Century African American history, African and Afro-Brazilian history. His current projects include Urban Archipelago: a 20th Century History of the African American Urban West for the University of Arizona Press and From Timbuktu to Katrina, a two volume reader in 19th and 20th Century African American history for Wadsworth-Thomson Publishers. He is co-author of the forthcoming Dr. Sam: The Autobiography of Dr. Samuel Kelly, Soldier, Educator and Advocate.

Through the James B. Castles Endowment, CCRH sponsors annual public programs about the Columbia River Basin. The Castles Programs are funded through a generous endowment from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, of which Castles was a founding trustee and twenty-year board member. Born in Montana, Jim Castles spent his life pursuing and promoting the art, culture, and heritage of the Columbia and the American West. He valued public, informal education that stimulated discussion about the history of the region he loved. The James B. Castles Endowment fund supports free public programming by the Center for Columbia River History.

THE CASTLES ENDOWMENT LECTURE brings regional and national specialists in Columbia River Basin history, literature, art, or politics to Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver and other locations in the Basin. This annual program is free and open to the public.

For more information, see www.ccrh.org

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The Center for Columbia River History (CCRH) examines the hidden histories of the Columbia River Basin and helps people think about the historical record from different perspectives. CCRH programs are free to the public. www.ccrh.org.

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