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IBR Equity Roundtable: Black Communities and their Relationships with Infrastructure

February 25 at 5:30 pm

During Black History Month Interstate Bridge Replacement Program will host a virtual roundtable discussion focusing on the impact that large infrastructure programs have had on Black communities throughout American history.

Transportation infrastructure in the United States is fraught with a checkered past of forcing families out of their homes to make way for new construction. The Interstate and Defense Highway Act of 1956 was envisioned by the Eisenhower administration as a system of 41,000 miles of new limited-access highways across the country. On paper, it was an ambitious leap into the future for a post-war America that demanded unprecedented mobility. In practice, however, the construction of these new roadways ran through thriving Black communities across the country. The Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) program is learning from these past harms to elevate equity-focused practices and bring communities together.

Panelists are:
• JoAnn Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner and IBR Executive Steering Group member
• Ed Washington, Director of Outreach & Community Engagement in Global Diversity & Inclusion for Portland State University and IBR program Community Advisory Group co-chair
• Jasmine Tolbert, Vancouver NAACP President and IBR Community Advisory Group member
• Dr. Roberta Hunte, Assistant Professor at Portland State University and IBR program Equity Advisory Group facilitator
• Greg Johnson, IBR Program Administrator
• Johnell Bell, IBR program Principal Equity Officer
• Millicent Williams, facilitator of the IBR program Executive Steering Group and facilitator of this discussion.

Sign up for a seat here.


February 25
5:30 pm
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Portland, OR United States

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