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Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

  • Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series: "Out in the Night" - Thursday, February 2

    PPS staff are invited to view and discuss the film, "Out in the Night," on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 5:00pm-7:00pm, in the BESC Board Auditorium. 

    "Out in the Night" is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians, who are out in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City in Augsut 2006. As they walked under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them, spitting on and throwing a lit cigarette at them. Two women defend the group and a fight begins, which was captured by security cameras nearby. Police swarm to the scene as their radios blast out warnings of a gang attack. Please come hear how their stories unfold.

    The movie discussion will be facilitated by Leila Haile, the co-director for Sankofa Collective NW. Sankofa strives to build connections for the liberation of Queer folks of Color in Portland and globally.

    The Focus Film and Lecture Series is an effort to bring staff and community together to engage and dialogue about race and culture. These series are meant to deepen our understanding of race and culture that impact PPS students and communities. The Film and Lecture Series is held in the Board Auditorium at the BESC (501 N. Dixon St., 97227). Teachers (TSPC certified employees) will be able to receive PDU’s for their participation in the series. Food and beverages will be provided.

    For more information, contact Phu Dao at or (503) 916-3325.