OABA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
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OABA Celebrates 40th Anniversary

  • Oregon State Capital

Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs


  •  OABA 40th Anniversary Celebration at Oregon State Capitol, Governor's Ceremonial Offices - FREE - PUBLIC INVITED ~ ANNIVERSARY CAKE & PUNCH

Click here to view a complete program for the day.

  •  Hon. Statesman, Senate President Peter Courtney
  •  Hon. Stateswoman, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek
  •  SEIU Local 503 Steward, Hon. Dr. Martin Kehrli, DHS, Disability Determination Services, 
  •  Caribbean Chef Regis
  •  OREGON Stateswoman, Hon. Barbette Renee Woodall
  •  OREGON Stateswoman, Hon. Teressa Raiford Mazique - Don't Shoot Portland
  •  SALEM - PDX - ACLU - Constitution & Preservation of Civil and Human Rights 
  •  OREGON Statesman, Hon. Senator Lew Fredrick

On April 9, 2017, the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) will be forty years old.  

The OABA Board will start celebrating this achievement on Friday morning (10 AM), April 7, 2017, at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.  (Historical note: “On April 9, 1977, it was moved by Barbara Friday of Portland and seconded by Jim Hill of Salem that the Call-To-Action Leaders hip Conference adopts the proposed constitution for the OREGON ASSEMBLY FOR BLACK AFFAIRS. The motion passed unanimously.” )
OABA is inviting you to come and participate with us as we begin  this “OABA 40 Years Celebration.”

In 1976, the paper “The Need for Political Maturity and Activism among Blacks in Oregon” was published.  This study pointed out three facts for it.  One fact was that pass legal exclusions of Blacks from Oregon established a pattern of economic and political discrimination that had not been easy to overcome and the other fact was that the Black population in Oregon was very small.  This study examined Oregon major political subdivisions that included the State of Oregon, 36 counties, and over 242 cities.  Not all of these subdivisions had Black Americans within them.   Out of the 2,271 elected officials within these subdivisions who affected the lives of Blacks in Oregon, only four were Blacks.  Blacks were not organized into any effective pressure groups in Oregon, and this gave rise to a sense of powerlessness and frustration among young Blacks.  Being politically powerless was one of the pressing problems facing Blacks in Oregon.  Also there were gatekeepers within the Oregon Black Community who were afraid to lead the community.  What this study revealed led to the establishment of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) in 1977.

The Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) was established in 1977 to improve conditions for Blacks in Oregon.  When OABA was established, our political and economical voices were nearly non-existent, and our concerns for each other were indifferent.  In many ways, we were afraid to speak up for each other or do business with each other.  Our community often left the young Black children to fend for themselves in school settings.  The percentage of Blacks in the Oregon prison population was and still is greater than the percentage of Blacks in the Oregon population.  Businesses in the Oregon Black Community had decreased.  Since its establishment, OABA has been working to lessen these strong disconnects among Black Oregonians. OABA knows that Black Oregonians must become informed and committed voters who will use their citizenship power to improve conditions in Oregon.  Thus, the MISSION of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) is to improve the political, educational, social, legal, and economic status of Blacks in Oregon.  Also, OABA is an organization for change and OABA encourages Black Oregonians to run for partisan and nonpartisan offices and to get involved with Oregon political parties.

If you would like to register for the event to receive Education/Training Credit, click here to download the education registration form.

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OABA 3rd Quarterly Membership Meeting

The Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) will hold its 3rd Quarterly Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 9 AM to Noon.  The meeting will be held at the First AME Zion Church, 109 N. Skidmore Street (4304 N. Vancouver Avenue), Portland, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.


First A. M. E. Zion Church - Portland, OR

Brief History Of First A.M.E. Zion Church Portland, Oregon.   In 1862, just 3 years after Oregon became a state, First A.M.E. Zion Church of Portland (then called The People's Church) was organized at the home of Mrs. Mary Carr on "A" Street now Ankeny Street. Later, property was purchased on North 3rd Street between "B" and "C" Streets now Burnside and Couch Streets. The cornerstone was laid here on June 3, 1869. The Church moved two more times through property investments and a growing congregation and in 1968, it settled at its current location on N. Vancouver and N. Skidmore Avenue. "First Church" has been a beacon of hope in North and Northeast Community of Portland for more than 150 years, and continues to thrive through the grace of God. The diverse membership of the church for the "Whosoevers" continues to hold to God's unchanging hand as He leads First Church through the ever-changing times of the 21st century.

Pastor, The Rev. George William Whitfield

E-mail Address: ame_zion_preacher@hotmail.com

4304 N. Vancouver Ave.

Portland, OR. 97217



Apr 24

2016 Oregon Black Political Convention

  • Crowne Plaza Portland Convention Center

The 2016 Oregon Black Political Convention (OBPC) will be held on April 22-24, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Portland Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232.