Respond to Racism co-sponsors Vanport documentary screening
Respond to Racism LO is teaming up with Independent Progressives of America to present a free event July 14 at noon called "Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents" at the Lake Theater and Cafe. The event will feature a selection of short documentaries as part of the ongoing 2019 Vanport Mosaic Festival, a participatory oral history project facilitated by Laura Lo Forti and Damaris Webb.
The 2019 Vanport Mosaic Festival technically ran May 21 - June 5, but many organizations are continuing telling stories of Vanport.
Vanport was a hastily constructed city of wartime public housing in Multnomah County, between the contemporary Portland city boundary and the Columbia River. The city was largely populated by African Americans, and its destruction by a flood in 1948 forced residents to relocate in other areas of Portland — predominantly moving into North and Northeast Portland. The full history of Vanport is much more complicated, however.
It's through archival footage, historic photographs and compelling first-person narratives that a rich and elaborate "mosaic" is created, showing the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport, and commemorates the tragedy that displaced it.
The July 14 event will explore and confront our local past and recent history of "othering" and its tragic consequences. The films will celebrate the lessons of resilience and resistance as defined and told by historically oppressed communities.
Laura Lo Forti will lead the discussion. This is a free event. July 14 at noon at the Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N State St., Lake Oswego. For more information, go to www.independentsforprogressiveaction.org/2018/06/26/our-next-film/.
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