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Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs 40 year celebration!

April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

On April 9, 2017, the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) will be forty years old.  And the OABA Board will startcelebrating this achievement on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the State Capitol in Salem.

(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 Leadership Conference adopts the proposed constitution for the OREGON ASSEMBLY FOR BLACK AFFAIRS. The motion passed unanimously.” )

More information about the event schedule of this celebration will be provided. We are inviting and encouraging all Black organizations to participate in this “OABA 40 Years Celebration”.

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.

The Corvallis Branch NAACP was chartered on January 11, 1971, and I served as its first President.  With the assistance of the Corvallis Branch NAACP and its president, the Current Salem Branch NAACP was charted in July 1974, and the Current Eugene Branch NAACP was chartered shortly thereafter.  And this first Corvallis Branch NAACP President worked with the many Portland NAACP Branch presidents as the Portland Branch NAACP underwent many organizational changes. Prior to the establishment of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA), the NAACP was not known as a  political organization. OABA is an organization for change and OABA encourages Black Oregonians to run for partisan and nonpartisan offices and to get involved with political parties. OABA will work with other organizations serving the needs of Blacks in Oregon and in building a better Oregon for the Black Community. It is not the intent of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) to replace existing organizations, which are working to achieve similar goals. Although OABA is nonprofit, it is political. It uses a political methodology to achieve its purpose and objectives.

Attached is the 2016 OBPC PLATFORM & RESOLUTIONS that was adopted by the delegates of the 2016 OBPC held April 22-24, 2016.   Also the OBPC Theme History is attached and it will give you some ideas on what OABA has been doing.

I invite you as your Branch NAACP President and your Branch NAACP membership to come to Salem and participate in this “OABA 40 Years Celebration.  Please share this invitation with your membership.


April 7, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


State capital
Salem, OR United States + Google Map