RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

Filling the spaces between races with compassion, conversation, and education

Opening the Great Outdoors

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Event poster for RACE TALKS event Crossing Over - people marching for justice

Join us for a panel discussion June 2018:

Opening the Great Outdoors to People of Color

Traditionally, People of Color have avoided many of the pleasures of “The Great American Outdoors.” Evidence shows that White populations disproportionately access public lands for outdoor recreation. Join us as we discover the underlying causes of this disparity and explore opportunities for families to learn about fishing, camping, backpacking, climbing and skiing from organizations specifically formed to introduce People of Color to the outdoors.


Unlikely Hikers * Alpengrow Collective * Urban Nature Partners PDX * Northwest Outward Bound School * PDX Climbers of Color * Mazamas * Audobon Society of Portland * Next Adventure * Wild Diversity * Terra Incognita Media * Betties 360 * Sierra Club * Leisure Hour Golf Club * Friends of Columbia Gorge * Oregon State Parks

Also, a special treat! There will be a book signing by Park Ranger and author Vicente Harrison, of the children’s book My Nature Exploration, which follows little Harrison who discovers that he doesn’t have to travel far to gain an appreciation for nature right outside his own back door. Available for purchase on Amazon.


June 12, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland | Phone: 503-249-3983

Doors open at 6 pm
Newcomers Welcome: 6:45 pm

Program: 6:45pm – 9:15 pm

Free | Minor with parent or guardian

RACE TALKS is a free series co-sponsored by Donna Maxey (Founder/Director of RACE TALKS), World Arts Foundation, Resolutions Northwest, and McMenamins. Spread the word. Please forward this information to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.



TUESDAY, July 10, 2018

In Parallel Lives Along N’CheWana, Community icon and Native American Elder, Ed Edmo, and co-author Lani Roberts, a White retired professor, write about growing up in rural Oregon during the 1950s. Ed is Shoshone Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama and Siletz and lived at the fishing village at Celilo Falls until its destruction in March 1957. Lani grew up six miles away just outside The Dalles, a descendant of an early settler family. Although they grew up in the same area and are the same age, their lives were lived in parallel fashion because of the differences in their ethnic heritage. During their childhoods, signs in the windows of businesses read, “No dogs or Indians allowed.” Their juxtaposed stories give a full picture of rural Oregon in the and the parallel lives they led along the N’CheWana River.

Contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program or the series in general.