[Libs-Or] New Book from the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers

Arlene Weible arlene.weible at state.or.us
Wed Sep 14 15:46:18 PDT 2011

I've been asked by the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers group to let Oregon libraries know about this new book. A great opportunity to enrich your Oregon history and Diversity collections!

Book information:
Title: Perseverance
Subtitle: A History of African Americans
in Oregon's Marion and Polk Counties
Author: Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers
Published by the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers:
Binding: trade paper
Page count: 280 pages
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Extensively illustrated
ISBN 978-1-4507-4878-0
Available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

"Oregon history is the richer for Perseverance."
Since the beginning, even before the wagon trains, African Americans have
played an essential part in building Oregon. In Marion and Polk counties, they
overcame the obstacles of wilderness, prejudice, and isolation, helping to create
a vibrant community. They have often been left out of the paintings and statues,
but Perseverance brings you many of their names and describes the ways they
have made history, taking their rightful place among
pioneers past and present in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon history is the richer for Perseverance.
Thanks to the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers for
documenting the history and character of Oregon's
African Americans. We can now fully embrace the African
American community's hardships and triumphs
and rejoice in their innumerable contributions to our
state. This book shines a spotlight on some important
Oregonians you've probably never heard of, and fi lls
large gaps in our state's history.
-Mary Oberst, First Lady of Oregon, 2003-11
This work is a signifcant contribution to the study
of the Black experience in Oregon history because it
stretches the traditional boundaries of consideration,
touching as it does on material beyond the urban
Portland experience and having a female focus. It will
be of interest to both the academic specialist in Oregon
history and to a general reading audience.
-Dr. Darrell Millner, Professor, Black Studies
Department, Portland State University
This carefully researched document brings the story of
Oregon's African Americans to life. Perseverance is
a must read for those who love history and, even more,
tales of the people who made Oregon.
-Victor Atiyeh, Governor of Oregon, 1979-87
This book fi lls a big gap in the history of African
Americans in Oregon. I encourage history lovers to
read it and learn more about an important aspect of
Northwest history.
-George L. Vogt, retired Executive Director,
Oregon Historical Society
Perseverance offers an extremely insightful picture
of Oregon history, providing a glimpse into the true
diversity of Oregon society by giving voice to those
who have previously been ignored.
-Dr. Peter MacMillan Booth,
Willamett e Heritage Center at The Mill

Arlene Weible
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem OR, 97301
arlene.weible at state.or.us

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