Books for Black History Month

February 3rd, 2022 , Posted by Marty Brown

We think that every month should be Black History Month, but until we're a few steps closer to realizing Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, that honor belongs to February. Oddly, February is also when we ask a groundhog to prognosticate the weather, in an annual hoax that celebrates the American penchant for pageantry, hokum, and hucksterism. But Black history doesn't just pop its head up once a year to remind us that winter is still here. It's alive, complex, and unfolding every day. That history is too often hidden, and so today we highlight books from our backlist that shed much-needed light on the long, diverse, and complicated history of Black people in Oregon. Enter the promo code BHM22 at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping on any of these titles (offer expires March 1, 2022).


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This Is Not For You

This Is Not For You tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the...

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Black Woman in Green

From an unlikely beginning as an agency transcriptionist in her hometown of Washington, DC, Gloria Brown became the first African American woman to attain the...

| paperback | $19.95

Dangerous Subjects

WINNER OF THE OREGON BOOK AWARD Dangerous Subjects describes the life and times of James D. Saules, a Black sailor who was shipwrecked off the...

| paperback | $19.95

The Color of Night

On an unusually cold January night in 1943, Martha James was murdered on a train in rural Oregon, near the Willamette Valley town of Albany...

| paperback | $24.95

Breaking Chains

When they were brought to Oregon in 1844, Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes and their children were promised freedom in exchange for helping develop...

| paperback | $19.95

A Force for Change

A Force for Change is the first full-length study of the life and work of one of Oregon’s most dynamic civil rights activists, African American...

| paperback | $24.95

Remembering the Power of Words

Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Gordly, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. The...

| paperback | $18.95


A fascinating blend of music, politics, and social history, Jumptown sheds light on a time and place overlooked by histories of Portland and jazz. For...

| paperback | $24.95

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