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OCBA Speakers Bureau

The Senator Jackie Winters Speakers Bureau

Seeking to celebrate the legacies of Black Oregonians and share cultural narratives by providing 
speakers for events and presentations across the state.

The Senator Jackie Winters Speakers Bureau is a project created by the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (OCBA). The project’s namesake is the late Jackie Winters, who served as an Oregon State Representative (1999-2003) and State Senator (2003-2019) and who had been influential in the establishment and development of OCBA.  Through presentations and performances, the project promotes community dialogues that collectively explore the social, economic, and civic contributions of Black Oregonians. By honoring historical and contemporary narratives, the Senator Jackie Winters Speakers Bureau enhances understanding and appreciation of the impact of Black Oregonians on the state, the nation, and the world. 

The Senator Jackie Winters Speakers Bureau relies on the knowledge and talents of diverse speakers representing a range of disciplines that make up the Black Oregonian experience. It is expected that Speakers will be compensated for their time and expertise. Speakers may speak to the following topic areas:

  • Oregon’s Black History
  • Black Immigrants and the African Diaspora
  • Black LGBTQ+ Experience
  • Law and Legal Frameworks
  • Faith and the Black Church
  • Black Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Black Arts, Music, and Performance
  • Structural Racism and Social Justice Movements
  • Living History and Storytelling
  • Environmental Racism/Inclusive Outdoor Recreation
  • Health, Mental Health, Health Equity
  • Restorative Justice or Criminal Justice Reform
  • Leadership
  • Education
Other relevant topics that may include workforce development, equity and inclusion, and more.

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