Black History Month

At United Way of Central Oregon, we know that bringing together diverse individuals and viewpoints creates opportunities for a better life for all and we are committed to using our position to affect systemic, community-wide change in the areas of implicit and systemic racism.  We believe that Black History should be celebrated all year but February, designated as Black History Month, provides a special opportunity to spotlight challenges and achievements that we all benefit from knowing.  We encourage you to learn more and share with others. Below you will find suggested events in Central Oregon celebrating Black History Month.


The Father’s Group Film Series

A night out at the movies – A movie each weekend for Black History Month

Featuring the films I Am Not Your Negro, Hidden Figures, Whose Streets? and Red Tails.

Beginning February 4th 6:00-9:00pm at Open Space located at 220 NE Lafayette St.

Tickets:  $10

The Father’s Group Film Series



Central Oregon Community College –  Celebrating Black Stories

The Campus Color Line

Virtual Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Eddie Cole

Feb. 17th     4:00pm

Free and open to the public, registration required


Journey of the Drum – Celebration of the Griot

Feb. 23rd   12:00-1:30pm

Coats Campus Center – Wille Hall

Free and open to the public

COCC Black History Month


Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series of the COCC Foundation

Examining Inequalities in Central Oregon – Virtual Panel Discussion

Feb. 22nd   5:30-6:30pm

Free and open to the public

COCC Season of Nonviolence

Chandler Lecture Series



Check out these movies and book recommendations:


13th, a Netflix documentary

The Long Walk Home, political drama inspired by Montgomery bus boycott

Marshall, true story drama about Thurgood Marshall, the 1st African American Supreme Court Justice



How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year to all that celebrate this date which is intended to usher in a year of good fortune and prosperity.  Approximately 2 billion people across the world celebrate this holiday.  Lunar New Year is sometime referred to as Chinese New Year because it’s origins are in China, influenced by the Chinese lunisolar calendar.  From there it spread throughout east and southeast Asia.  Feb 1, 2022 marks the end of the year of the ox and ushers in the year of the tiger.

COCC Season of Nonviolence – The Green Path Ahead: Indigenous Teachings for the Next Economy

The Green Path Ahead: Indigenous Teachings for the Next Economy

Winona LaDuke – Native American Economist, Environmentalist, Writer, and Executive Director of Honor the Earth

Tuesday, February 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. PST – Virtual Presentation
FREE and OPEN to the public. Register here.
Live captioning will be available. One registration per viewing device please. 

Winona LaDuke is a global leader and an economist focused on issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, water protection, and sustainable food systems. Drawing upon her work in these areas, LaDuke strongly believes there is a clear path forward towards our shared economic future. LaDuke will share her vision for this transition, one that is just and equitable for all, including Mother Earth.

Winona LaDuke

About Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

As Executive Director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country. She is also the co-founder (along with the Indigo Girls) of Honor the Earth, a grassroots environmental organization focused on Indigenous issues and environmental justice.

COCC Season of Nonviolence

Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, and Chief Wilma Mankiller, the annual Season for Nonviolence honors these leaders’ visions for an empowered, nonviolent world. Colleges and universities throughout the country celebrate the Season of Nonviolence by bringing together community partners to educate and empower communities on how to use non-violent methods to create a more peaceful world.  

Central Oregon Community College has been hosting programming to honor the Season of Nonviolence since 2008. The programming is co-presented by The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series and the College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.