Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Posted by Abby Rotwein on 2/4/2022

Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

February 1st was National Freedom Day, which celebrates the abolition of slavery with the passage of the 13th Amendment.

We hope that all who celebrate had a wonderful Lunar New Year.

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who observe the holiday.

We hope that our Buddhist community has a meaningful Nirvana Day and Magha Puja.

February 15th is Susan B. Anthony Day, which celebrates her birth and leadership in the women’s suffrage movement.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

A big thank you to the Jewish Student Union and special guest Yaffa Nemer for our assembly at the high school on January 27th!

February is Black History Month

Here are some resources and events where you can celebrate and learn about Black history:

Books by Black Authors for Ages 1-18 is a great compilation of books from the Conscious Kid. When you click on an image of a book, it gives you a summary and age level.

Black History Month Slideshow is a resource I developed for teachers and students. It has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School.

Black is Beautiful is an article written by local educator Kara Hinderlie sharing how she talks about race in her kindergarten classroom. 

Oregon Black Pioneers (30 minutes) and Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev’ry Voice (1 hour 22 minutes) are two outstanding documentaries created by Oregon Public Broadcasting that tell stories of Black history in our state.

PDX Jazz Festival features Grammy winning artists and takes place from February 17th-26th.

Respond to Racism LO is an organization whose mission is, “To educate and empower Lake Oswego residents and institutions with the tools to combat racism in all its forms and make LO — and Oregon — a better place to live for residents of all races and ethnicities.” Check out their website for a number of events they are hosting this month.

Support Black-Owned Restaurants - Bookmark this page for a huge list of Black-owned restaurants to support this month and year-round.  

Thurgood is a play showing this month at the Portland Playhouse about the Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall. 

- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion