Black History Month celebration

Reed celebrated Black History Month in February with three notable visitors who drew large crowds from both Reed and the greater Portland community: Randall Robinson, internationally respected advocate for human rights and democracy; Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson; and noted Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din.

Isaka Shamsud-Din, the first James DePreist Professor of art at Portland State University, is a lifelong Portland artist whose work appears in the Portland Art Museum and in many collections (including that of Reed College) around the region. He has involved himself in mural projects at local high schools and government buildings in an attempt to create a self-perpetuating sense of community among African American artists.

Randall Robinson is author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks; The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other; and Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America. He is widely recognized for, among other achievements, his leadership of the Free South Africa Movement and his work to win support for reparations for African Americans.

Orlando Patterson is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His research into historical and contemporary America, with special emphasis on the intersecting problems of race, immigration, and multi-culturalism, has distinguished him as one of the nation’s leading authorities on slavery and its legacies. His books include Slavery and Social Death, Rituals of Blood: The Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries, and Freedom: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture.

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Reed Magazine February 2003
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