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Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?

A Conversation with Walidah Imarisha

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Join Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha for this free conversation, organized for the closing week of “Emancipating the Past.”

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NFT Mural For Social Equity Event Finalizes Entertainment Lineup

First Tech Federal Credit Union Underwrites ‘Paint The Future’ NFT Mural

PORTLAND, Ore. – September 14, 2021 – The Paint the Future NFT Mural event on September 25, 2021, in Northeast Portland has finalized a four-hour lineup of entertainment to include local and BIPOC musicians, spoken word artists and comedians. The event has also secured artists and vendors to ensure attendees are engaged as funds are raised for Friends of the Children – Portland. The event is underwritten by Title Sponsor, First Tech Federal Credit Union.

The “19/19” mural is an acknowledgement of Portland’s history of segregation and displacement of indigenous peoples and more recently, black residents, who were barred from buying real estate in white neighborhoods in 1919.  READ MORE…

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Episode 58 of the Podcast “Let’s Talk Marketing” with Nathan A Webster
Special Guest Kent Lewis of Anvil Media

About Nathan Webster, Founder and CEO of Nathan Webster and Associates, LLC.
With over 20 years of experience in management, nonprofit, entrepreneurship, event planning & management, fundraising, mentorship, and education, Nathan is a humble thought leader visionary with a heart to serve others. He has the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand any business and craft viable customized solutions for each company.


About Kent Lewis, President and Founder of Anvil Media Inc.
As President and Founder of Anvil Media, Inc., Kent Lewis is responsible for managing operations, marketing and business development towards its purpose of creating meaningful impact for Anvil’s clients, community and its employees through creative problem-solving, making and leveraging connections and educating others. Under his leadership, Anvil has accumulated numerous awards and various recognition.

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Mural Mockup on Anvil Media Building
Anvil Media in Portland, Oregon and a digital mockup of the planned mural.

Anvil Media and Hovers-Over-Water Announce NFT Mural for Social Equity​

PORTLAND, Ore.July 8, 2021PRLogAnvil Media, Inc., a digital marketing agency, and Hovers Over Water, a brand design and graphic studio, are proud to announce a strategic role in creating and hosting a non-fungible token (NFT)-powered mural and fundraiser event in Portland on September 25, 2021. The event is underwritten by Title Sponsor, First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Anvil and creative partner, Hovers Over Water, decided the timing was right to collaborate on a charitable event and NFT-powered mural to give back to the Portland community. The initial concept developed by Hovers Over Water evolved into a large mural that will be painted on the back of Anvil’s headquarters. The mural and supporting digital assets will acknowledge Oregon’s racist roots and the history of discrimination prevalent in Portland, yet aims to focus on a call-to-action for a brighter, more diverse and unified future.

Albina Vision Trust:
Restoring the historic lower Albina Neighborhood

A four part series that explores the history of Portland’s Albina neighborhood, the historic cultural hub of the city’s African American community, and the site of multiple waves of urban renewal and displacement. Using history as a guide, each episode tackles an important lesson from Albina’s past and juxtaposes it with the present-day work of new development plan to redesign, re-imagine, and reconnect the community to the neighborhood.

Visit the Albina Vision Trust to learn more at


Friends of the Children-Portland is a professional mentoring organization that uses a highly effective and proven approach to address childhood adversity and remove barriers to long-term success. We partner with public schools and Oregon’s child welfare system to proactively select kindergarteners from low-income families who are experiencing multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). We provide youth with 1:1 support from full-time, salaried mentors (called Friends) for 12 + years—through high school graduation. Friends work with 9-10 youth for 16 hours per month per youth. 78% of our youth are people of color and all live with the intersecting challenges of poverty and ACEs. Friends use an evidence-based and healing-centered approach to form meaningful relationships with youth that lay the foundation for lifelong resiliency and positive life experiences. Our greatest accomplishment is consistently seeing our youth create positive opportunities for themselves as measured by our three long term outcomes:

  • 83% of program youth receive their high school diploma or GED
  • 93% remain free from involvement in the juvenile justice system
  • 98% wait to parent until after their teen years

We commit to each child for the long-term. 12.5 years, no matter what.
Visit Friends of the Children – Portland at to learn more and/or donate!

Feeling Inspired? Join Us in Taking Action

New ways to get involved are happening all the time! You can be an artist, a sponsor, a volunteer, a vendor, a performer, an educator, and on event day, you can help paint and potentially own the mural as we open up an NFT auction for those who would like to own a small piece of Portland.

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