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On April 22, 1999, Oregon formally acknowledged its discriminatory racial history at a “Day of Acknowledgement” at the State Capitol. Prompted by a Portland-based coalition inspired by Hope in the Cities, a resolution was passed by the state legislature and was signed by the president of the Senate and the Speaker of the House stating that Oregon’s history had been “marred by racial discrimination, exclusion, bigotry, and great injustice towards people of color.” It noted that it was 150 years since the notorious Exclusionary Act of 1840. Following the signing nearly 800 of the general public of all backgrounds packed the House Chamber at the invitation of the Speaker to mark the occasion.