Photo: Commissioner Charles Jordan is sworn in as the first African American elected to the Portland City Council.

Opportunities to celebrate African American contributions to Oregon’s history continue beyond Black History Month.

Learn more through the Vanport Mosaic oral history project; visit the Oregon Historical Society exhibit, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years, which runs through June 24; and read about one of Portland’s leading African American residents, Faye Burch, her own work and and her connections to other prominent black Portlanders.