Friday, April 2, 2010

Marion and Polk County African American History Publication

Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers history publication on African American pioneers in Marion and Polk Counties is in its final stage of research and writing. It is anticipated that the book will be in published in early fall. It primarily will be marketed to schools, libraries and historical societies and organizations; and also made available to the general public through bookstores and online at our web site.

This document of history will be useful to teachers and other historians at all levels and a welcome addition to historical resources about Oregon's diverse history. It will benefit all who read it by enriching their understanding of the black pioneers who lived in those counties and became a part of the fabric of the communities.

Keep checking the web site or add your name to our email or mailing lists to get first notice of its availability. A notice will be sent to you for pre-ordering for the first edition. If you desire further information on this publication, contact Gwen Carr. Research Chairperson at We will begin research on additional counties once this publication is completed and in print. If you would like to assist with research, please contact Gwen.

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DVD Available - $25.95 Includes shipping & handling cost

Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers has produced a DVD of this inspiring production of Brian Lanker's, I Dream A World Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. This staged production, in their own words featured: Mary Frances Berry, Faye Wattleton, Wyomia Tyus, Gloria Dean Randle Scott, Brigadier General Sherian Grace Cadoria, Winson and Dovie Hudson. Introduction written by Dr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott.

DVDs maybe purchased online using PayPal.

Please contact Willie Richardson at for any additional information.