Melissa Lowery was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in West Linn Oregon from the time she was 3 years old. She is a Wife and Mother of two daughters Jayla 15 and Che 13. Melissa graduated from Pacific University in the fall of 2009 with a BA in media. After graduation, she worked on several independent film projects, commercials and webseries around the Portland area. She has always wanted to work in media, film specifically and found she has a great passion for it. BLACK GIRL IN SUBURBIA is her first feature documentary, based off of her own experiences growing up as one of few African Americans in a predominately white suburb. Melissa is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Jesuit High School Portland. (6/17)
Black Girl in Suburbia
A film by Melissa Lowery, 2016, 54 min., Color
For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground, and living day-to-day life can be uniquely ...