[Libs-Or] RFP: OHQ Symposium on Housing, Race, and Civil Rights

Eliza Canty-Jones Eliza.Canty-Jones at OHS.org
Thu Feb 16 18:19:08 PST 2017

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Request for Proposals: Symposium on Housing, Civil Rights, and Race in Oregon
The 2018 fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) offers an opportunity to consider the broader histories of the ways legal and economic structures have dictated who is entitled to what spaces in Oregon. Signed into law in response to the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fair Housing Act represents a flashpoint in the long history of ways that rights to housing have been racialized in the United States (and, indeed, in Oregon).
The racialized nature of this history pertains to white persons and people of color, as housing discrimination policies and practices are designed to protect whiteness and its associated rights and privileges.  In Oregon, de jure exclusion from property-ownership and access to particular spaces has been tied to race since 1843 Oregon Provisional Donation Land Law.  Oregonians, native and newcomer, have had their rights denied through processes and policies such as treaty negotiations and state and federal laws such as the 1857 Oregon State Constitution, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, and the 1887 Dawes Act that substantially reduced Indian Reservations. Decades of struggle saw the passage of civil rights laws such as the 1953 Oregon Public Accommodations Act, the 1957 Oregon Fair Housing Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Across the same timeframe, financial speculation and predatory lending in land and housing has shaped unequal access to living space, property ownership, and wealth.
Working closely with advisers Dr. Karen Gibson and Dr. Carmen Thompson, the Oregon Historical Quarterly's will consider this history in a public symposium tentatively scheduled for May 2018 and special issue of the journal to be published the following year. Proposals are due by Sunday, April 16, 2017. Access the complete RFP and proposal instructions are at: www.ohs.org/housingsymposium<http://www.ohs.org/housingsymposium>.

Eliza E. Canty-Jones
Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly
Director of Community Engagement
Oregon Historical Society
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