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