Past events

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 7pm (PST), online event

"Art as Activism: an Evening with Arya Badiyan"

Join Take PART on Thursday, April 15th, at 7:00 pm, for a presentation by artist and activist Ms. Arya Badiyan.  Ms. Badiyan is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist.  Her most recent body of work explores American values, in light of a 400 year history that fails to uphold them. 

“The purpose of this work is to facilitate healing from the diseases of racism, sexism and American exceptionalism,”

notes Ms. Badiyan. “Each piece cuts through oppositional consensus narratives, laying bare the truth and inviting reconciliation of the wrongs that stain our country’s past and present.”


Ms. Badiyan’s body of work includes the “Liberty” series, dealing with themes of systemic racism and the long legacy of America built upon the sacrifice of Black lives; “Heroes and Sheroes,” recasting the greatness of America through the inheritance of our forgotten ancestors; and “Taped,” documenting the history that stains our cherished values.

A recording of the event is available at

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 7pm (PST), online event

"Dr. Carter G Woodson and the Formation of African American History"

Join Take PART on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 pm, for a presentation by Ms. Ebonee Bell on the life and work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as “the Father of Black History.”  Ms. Bell will discuss Woodson’s philosophy, educational achievements, personality, and sacrifices.

Dr. Woodson (1875-1950) was one of the first scholars to study the African diaspora, including African American history. He authored numerous scholarly books on the positive contributions of Blacks to the development of America. In 1926, Dr. Woodson developed “Negro History Week,” the precursor to Black History Month.


Ms. Bell received her Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has been an Amazon Diversity series speaker, a Multnomah County Black History Month speaker, and a speaker at the Tualatin Martin Luther King Day celebration. Noting that “books have the power to change lives,” Ms. Bell has dedicated her career to advancing the education of children and youth through the various literacy initiatives she promotes locally and nationally.

A recording of the event is available at

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. 

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. 

A recording of the event is available at

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 PM (PST), online event

"Using Conversations to Heal the Racial Divide"

Join Take PART for a free online presentation by noted author and educator, Judi Moore Latta, PhD, on Thursday, January 21st, 7:00 PM.  The presentation will be moderated by Ms. Victoria Morgan, followed by an interactive discussion.

  • Tell your own story and learn how to actively listen to others.

  • Engage in conversations that heal the racial divide.

  • Confront history head on and reclaim it on your own terms.

  • Use the concept of “story-hope,” designed to address racism, one of the most challenging issues of the 21st Century.


Judi Moore Latta is professor emerita of Communications at Howard University in Washington, DC.  She was National Public Radio’s first Education Reporter, as well as the creator and executive producer of NPR’s first Hispanic news program, Latin File.  While at NPR, Dr. Moore Latta earned the George Foster Peabody Award as senior producer of the 26-part documentary series, Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions.


Her two books are: God Ain’t Sleep: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2015) and Beyond Roses - An Obligation to Speak (2020).  Her newest book, Really Dancing Beyond Dreams - The Collective Memory of a Black Love Story, is anticipated to be published in 2021.

A recording of the event is available at

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm PST, online event

"Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory"

R. Gregory Nokes, author of Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, will be the featured speaker at the next Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) presentation on Thursday, November 19th, at 7:00 pm.  The presentation will be moderated by Mr. Malik Bell, followed by an interactive discussion.

Mr. Nokes’ book details the vehemently debated issue over whether the fledgling state of Oregon would allow slavery when its constitution was written.  Few people are aware that there were ever Black slaves in Oregon.  Nokes tells the poignant and often painful stories of slaves uprooted from their families in Missouri and brought to Oregon to help develop farms in the Willamette Valley. The slaves expected to be freed, but many were kept in bondage for years by owners who ignored the law. 

Published in 2013, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for nonfiction.  


R. Gregory Nokes was a journalist for 43 years, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years reporting for The Oregonian newspaper.  During his career, he traveled to more than 50 countries.  Other books by Mr. Nokes include: The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett and Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. 


You can register for this free online event by clicking the button below or by registering on Take PART’s Facebook page.  


A recording of the event is available here: 

Thursday, October 15, 7pm, online event
"Local Color" watch party with discussion

In 1991, OPB broadcast journalist Jon Tuttle produced a documentary called “Local Color.”  The film chronicles Oregon’s historical background of shocking racist and exclusionary laws against people of color. Real estate redlining continued through the 20th century. 


As disturbing as Oregon’s racist history is, the state is also known for people who stood up for civil rights in the past, as well as the present, and who continue to actively work for change.


Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm PDT, online event

"An Evening with Marcus Mundy"

Mr. Marcus Mundy is the Executive Director of Portland's Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC), an alliance of community based organizations representing African, African American, Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, Native American, Pacific Islander and Slavic people.

The CCC's mission is to address socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.


Mr. Mundy joined the CCC after serving as Principal of Mundy Consulting LLC. His practice assisted clients in achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in the areas of personnel, contracting, supplier diversity, development and administration. Prior to his role at Mundy Consulting, Mr. Mundy served as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, and was the Vice President and Regional Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. He continues to serve in several leadership positions within the community. He acknowledges that his greatest achievement is being a father to his four children.

A recording of the event is available here:

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm PDT, online event

"Dismantling Systems of Oppression and White Supremacy in Local Government Structures"


Dr. Markisha Smith previously served as Director for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Oregon Department of Education.  In that role, she provided leadership, guidance, professional learning, and support to school districts, various education partners, and community-based organizations on education equity throughout the state.

The mission of the Office of Equity and Human Rights is to provide education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability.


In an interview with the Skanner newspaper Dr. Smith has indicated that “There is an urgency to sustain equity work as an asset, through equitable outcomes, high expectations, meaningful engagement and consultation, and through honoring the rich and diverse experiences that have influenced the bureau’s creation and development over the past seven years. It is imperative that organizations examine systems of oppression in order to interrupt their power and influence on marginalized communities”

A recording of this event is available here:

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm


"Building Equity in Communities of Color During Covid 19"

Bahia Overton, Director of the Black Parent Initiative, will speak about the impact of the Corona virus on communities of color in the Portland Metro area. She will talk about the impact the virus is having and the practical steps that nonprofits are taking to address the crisis.


Ms. Overton holds an MS in Social Work. She is completing her Ph.D. in Social Work Research, focusing on the experiences of African American female adolescents in foster care.


A recording of this event is available here:


Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm


"Black Death: the racial disparities of Covid-19"

Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, DAOM, will present a talk on “Black Death: The Racial Disparities of Covid-19” via Zoom on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 7:00 pm (PDT). Dr. Dandridge will explore the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color. Brown and Black people face continual challenges in obtaining sufficient, timely medical care, which in the case of Covid-19, is a matter of life and death. A time for questions and discussion will follow the presentation.

Dr. Dandridge received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Health and Science. She is also the author of Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism and African American History in the USA, and is the co-founder of


Thursday, April 9,2020, 7pm to 8:30pm


"Does Social Media Encourage Racism?"

Join Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) on Zoom for a talk by Donna Stewart, “Does Social Media Encourage Racism?”  Donna’s on-line presentation will address
how social media can manipulate users to become unwitting pawns, based on innate racial biases, to create profit and power for others. She will also address how we can protect ourselves from these influences and become better online citizens.

We’ll have time for discussion following Donna’s presentation.  

Thursday, February 13,2020, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow


"Understanding Micro-aggressions" with Maruska Lynch

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203


Maruska Lynch will address micro-aggressions from her experience as an immigrant from Slovenia.  She holds a degree in Intercultural Communication and has worked in the non-profit world. “Micro-aggressions may seem small, and many times no harm is intended,” Lynch notes, “but marginalized and underserved people experience them many times a day. For those who deal with them continually, it’s relentless and can cause lasting harm.”

“If you’ve ever been followed in a store, been the one person in line made to show id, been spoken to in too slow or simple manner - or not spoken to at all - these are forms of micro-aggressions,” states Lynch. “By better understanding what micro-aggressions are, we can learn to recognize and interrupt them.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow


"Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village" with Dr Jay Klusky

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203


Dr. Jay Klusky, author of “Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village,” will give a talk on how caring, well-intentioned, white folks can step up and learn about cultures that are different from theirs to connect with people of all races and cultural backgrounds on a much deeper, more meaningful level. There will be time for discussion following his presentation.

It has been said many times that if our country is going to thrive, all Americans must learn to live and work together.  Dr. Klusky believes that “…more than learning to live and work together, we must develop our capacity to understand one another and develop meaningful relationships with people of all backgrounds.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow


"The Black Image in Contemporary TV" with Ebonee Bell

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

When "Good Times" aired on February 8, 1974, viewers watched the first predominantly Black cast on television.  The Evans family would face a variety of economic trials as they struggled to leave their apartment in the Chicago slums. Ten years later, in 1984 The Cosby Show introduced America to an upper middle class Black family -- one we had never seen before.  Then, in the ‘90s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would play with the formula of the Black TV family yet again.  Combining the world of the ultra wealthy with that of the inner city, The Fresh Prince examined  the ways that Black life played out at both ends of the economic spectrum. Join us as we explore these images and more in The Black Image in Contemporary TV. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow


"Is the internet racist? How racist agendas are fueled by the use of your personal data" with Donna Stewart

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203


This informal talk will explore the extensive tracking of our online activities, how that data is sold, and then used in ways that promote racist oppression. We will discuss how the use of personal data contributes to racism in employment, banking and finance, criminal justice, and predatory advertising. This misuse of personal data is often hidden from view, and largely unregulated. Inspired by Cathy O’Neil’s book “Weapons of Math Destruction,” we will shine a light on this dark side of the internet

Donna Stewart is an armchair philosopher and cultural observer. She is fascinated by the impact the internet has on our world, and cares deeply about her community.

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow


"How Portland's Changing Landscape Affects Black Communities" with filmmaker Ifanyi Bell

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203


Award-winning filmmaker Ifanyi Bell will present two short films addressing the impact of Portland’s ever-changing landscape on black residents.  The films are part of a feature-length documentary, due to be released in early 2020.


The first film explores the emotional impact that previous development choices have had on Portland’s established African American communities, and the second film looks at how changing economic priorities are impacting modern land-use in Portland neighborhoods.  Mr. Bell will be available to answer questions following the movies.


Ifanyi Bell is a Northeast Portland native and accomplished filmmaker who has worked on professional film sets, as well as at public broadcasting stations, where he created Emmy-nominated work, including WGBH (Boston), KQED (San Francisco) and Oregon Public Broadcasting.