Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

March 26, 2018 7pm

Learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories — as well as advice for young activists on how to get involved and what they can do to make a positive difference in their communities.

Joyce Harris’s career has been defined by her professional (and personal) work in making connections and meeting the needs of communities and educators. She currently serves as a manager with a focus on community engagement at Education Northwest. Previously, she served as an administrator at the Black Educational Center, a school she co-founded in Portland, from 1980-1993.

Jackie Winters represents District 10 in the Oregon State Senate. She began her life-long interest in citizen involvement in public policy listening to her parents’ discussions around the table in Topeka, Kansas. She was recruited to be supervisor of the Office of Economic Opportunity’s New Resources Program by Governor Tom McCall, and she was appointed Ombudsman by Governor Victor Atiyeh. In 1998, voters of District 31 elected her as their State Representative, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor. She was re-elected to this office in 2000. In 2002, 2006 and 2010, she was elected as State Senator for District 10.

Charlotte Rutherford is a community activist and former civil rights attorney, administrative law judge, and entrepreneur. She was the third child of Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford. Rutherford grew up in Portland’s Albina District and attended Jefferson High School. She attended Los Angeles City College, arriving in the city during the Watts riots. In 1967, she returned to Portland and wrote for the Oregon Advance Times, a local Black newspaper. She earned a BS in Administration of Justice and a minor in Black Studies from PSU and her JD at Howard University. She worked as a civil rights attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Washington D.C. and New York City. Rutherford returned to Portland and worked as an administrative law judge for Oregon’s Office of Administrative Hearings until her retirement in 2010.

Joy Alise Davis is Executive Director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF). She is an experienced interdisciplinary design professional who has held support and leadership roles in various social justice organizations. Joy is a graduate of Miami University with a BA in Political Science. She worked at The U.S. Fund for UNICEF on the UNICEF Tap Project campaign centered on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in developing countries before earning her MA in Theories of Urban Practice program at Parsons The New School for Design. Joy founded Design+Culture Lab, LLC, a research-based urban social enterprise dedicated to the transformation of urban neighborhoods through collaborative design strategies to address the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial and ethnic inequality.