Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7pm (PST), online event
"The Portland NAACP: Past, Present, Future"
Ms. Sharon Gary-Smith, newly elected President of the Portland NAACP, will be the featured speaker at the next Take PART event, Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 7pm. Registration is required for this free virtual event (see registration link below).
A nationally recognized champion of social justice with more than 40 years’ experience, Ms. Gary-Smith is excited about leading the new slate of officers and executive committee members in creating an
environment of accountability, transparency and integrity within the Portland branch.
“We are mirroring the national landscape where Black women are rising, shining and elevating the work of racial and social justice from state houses, to the Capitol steps, in Congress and the Oval Office,” she notes.
Ms. Gary-Smith’s talk will highlight the history of the Portland NAACP, the oldest branch west of the Mississippi, from its original fight for the “advancement of colored people,” through the civil rights movement, up to today’s Movement 4 Black Lives.
Born and raised in Oregon, Sharon Gary-Smith became a human rights activist at an early age. At 30, Sharon was selected to lead the local anti-poverty program, Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee, (PMSC), becoming one of the youngest executive directors in the country and one of few Black women leaders. Sharon’s vast list of accomplishments and community awards culminated in 2017, when she received the Emily G. Gottfried Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Portland Human Rights Commission. On March 11, 2020, Sharon was honored by Governor Kate Brown as an Outstanding Oregon Woman of Achievement, selected by the Oregon Women’s Commission.
The mission of Take PART is to confront racism and to engage in dismantling the systems that perpetuate ingrained racial inequality. We do this through events, education and outreach that foster engagement in building community where all people are treated with equality and respect.