My name is Troy Tate and I'm born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I joined the Oregon Black Pioneers in 2018 after a visit to the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). While there, I visited the African American Museum in Washington DC, and also the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum highlights contributions of African-Americans in the state of Maryland and sparked an interest in creating a similar legacy in the state of Oregon. That hunger led me to the Oregon Black Pioneers, whose mission is to highlight, document and inform the citizens of the state of Oregon about the contributions made by African-Americans in this state. I have since dedicated some time through this organization to that mission.
On a personal note, I am the owner/operator/founder of the Sunshine Center preschool in North Portland, and also the Associate Pastor of Christ Memorial Church. I'm a husband, and father of 2 young children. I enjoy making positive impacts in my community and have a passion for new adventures and experiences. I'm glad to have opportunities to inform the public about Black success in this region, as we have been a part of the fabric of this region since Lewis and Clark arrived on the Oregon trail.