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Professor James Stanley Harrison explores the history of Blacks in Oregon.
During his presentation, Harrison will examine major events in the history of Blacks in Oregon from the 17th century to the 1960s and highlight the unvarnished truth of a successful fight against oppression within national and international contexts.
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Professor James Stanley Harrison is a retired instructor of history and humanities on the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in North Portland. He has been on the PCC faculty since 1993. During his tenure, he received the Excellence in Teaching award and was admitted to the prestigious Great Teachers Institute. He taught a wide range of courses including History of Africa, History of Religion in the U.S., and History of Mexico. Harrison holds graduate degrees in History from Hunter College, Curriculum and Educational Administration from Gonzaga University, and Pastoral Ministry from the University of Portland. He presents and publishes regularly about the intersection of racism and history.
During the mid-1960s he was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in New York City and participated in several demonstrations and marches against discriminatory policies; he was also engaged in a voter registration and education programs. In 1972, he went to his native South Carolina to campaign for Mrs. Victoria DeLee, the first Black candidate for Congress from that state since Reconstruction; unfortunately, she lost her primary election bid.
Professor Harrison lives in Portland with his wife Barbara. They have three adult daughters and six grandchildren.