Oregon Humanities’ final Think & Drink program of 2017 will feature a conversation on race, power and justice with a longtime civil rights strategist and an investment officer who has helped organize Albina Vision, an effort to develop a new, inclusive neighborhood in the Rose Quarter.
The civil rights strategist is Eric K. Ward, who now leads Western States Center, a Portland-based nonprofit working with leaders in the West seeking to reduce inequality and advance opportunity. Originally from Los Angeles, Ward graduated from the University of Oregon and began his civil rights career when the white nationalist movement was engaged in violent paramilitary activity in the Northwest. He also established task forces focused on human rights and anti-violence activities in the Northwest. Later he was a program officer for the Ford Foundation.
Rukaiyah Adams is an investment officer at Meyer Memorial Trust and chair of the Oregon Investment Council, which manages approximately $90 billion for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. The Albina Vision focuses on an area that was a predominantly African American neighborhood before the Memorial Coliseum was built.
The program is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. General admission tickets for $10 are available at www.albertarosetheatre.com. Free tickets also are available. The event will be streamed live at oregonhumanities.org.