Wednesday, February 22
Tensions are running high between Portland protesters, the mayor, the Police Bureau and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon after two “Not My President” protest marches were held downtown on Monday, President’s Day.
Program targets obstacles for released inmates
Local African Americans exiting the criminal justice system will have more support to succeed thanks to a new ‘Flip the Script” program that provides comprehensive solutions to ending Portland’s homelessness.
SEI kids give back on day of service
Hundreds of youth, male and female, near and far, collectively volunteered for the Center for Self Enhancement, Inc.’s Community “Day of Service.”
Tuesday, February 21
This year, there’s more overlap with the Oscars
This year my list of the 10 best films out of all of those I saw shares more overlap than usual with the Academy Awards -- perhaps in part because of the pressure on Hollywood to notice the work of artists of color, which tend to dominate my list.
Candidate has local connections, endorsements
An educator connected to the community has obtained a significant list of endorsements to launch a campaign to run for the Portland School Board.
Portland locksmith recalls the beatings and arrests
52 years ago, Portland locksmith and business owner J.J. Moore participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery marches to protest the massive discrimination facing black voters in Alabama.
The need for alternatives to the streets
Too many young people in our community are at risk of suffering the same fate as Quanice Hayes because they lack meaningful alternatives to the streets.
UP orchestra celebrates Black History Month
The community is invited to celebrate Black History Month with a free concert by the University of Portland orchestra featuring the music of the late William Grant Still, known as “The Dean” of African American composers.
As part of its daily mission to low income families and children, the Salvation Army in Rockwood will host a benefit concert to support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy.
Students perform works by master black playwright
The August Wilson Red Door Project Monologue Competition will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Newmark Theater, downtown. The event is free, but reservations are required by visiting reddoorproject.org for tickets.
‘Kin Killin’ Kin’ focuses on youth and gun violence
“Kin Killin’ Kin,’ a visually powerful and thought-providing exhibition that focuses on youth and gun violence opens this week at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center at 5340 N. Interstate Ave.
Allen Temple CME, under the direction of senior pastor and presiding Elder Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr., invites the community to join them for two special events to celebrate the congregation’s 68th anniversary.
As the Portland International Film Festival draws to a close, Darlene Ortega will catch at least 40 screenings. Here are five films that are among those you can see in the final days of PIFF.
Tuesday, February 14
‘Day of Remembrance’ to Affirm Inclusion
Portland Community College will acknowledge a painful moment in history to reaffirm the college’s tenets of inclusion and opportunity for all during a community event to mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a presidential decree that sent more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II.
Family grieves to honor his memory
Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember 17-year-old Quanice Hayes, affectionately known as “Moose,” at a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of the Banfield Pet Hospital off of Northeast 82nd Avenue.
Daughter of pioneering civil rights couple keeps history alive
A snapshot of Portland’s black history is being preserved at Portland State University, thanks to the efforts of the daughter of two of the city’s most prominent civil rights leaders.
Illuminating the mental health wounds of war
Portland resident, retired Staff Sgt. Jocephus J. Duckworth has published a book to help his fellow combat veterans titled “The Soldier’s Story: The Invisible Wounds from War.”
New documentary airs for Black History Month
The first feature documentary about her life, “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” premieres nationwide Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (Channel 10) during Black History Month.
The PDX Jazz Fest which celebrates Black History Month in partnership with Travel Portland and sponsored by Biamp begins this week with nearly 30 concerts planned over the next two weeks at venues throughout the Portland metro region with dozens of associated partner events taking place as well.
“His Eye is on the Sparrow,” a stirring one-woman musical that celebrates the life of groundbreaking black artist Ethel Waters, opened this month at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and has been extended to play through March 26.
A check on executive and legislative power
The United States Supreme Court has played an important role in the progress of the Civil Rights Movement. The executive and legislative branches of government have, at times, had to be prodded toward active reform of racial justice.
The first few days of regular and preview screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) have included some films you can still catch as the festival unfolds over the next two weeks.
Wednesday, February 8
Promoting a bright future for Billy Webb Elks Lodge
A historic center of Portland’s black community is seeking recognition and revitalization this year.
2 weeks of screenings at the Hollywood Theatre
Celebrating black perspectives and stories during Black History Month, the Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland hosts the 2017 Portland Black Film Festival, opening Thursday, Feb. 9 and continuing through Feb. 22.
New documentary examines history and social impact
Examining the history and social impact of Portland’s hip hop scene
Longtime activist remembered
A celebration of life gathering for James Edward Hill, a prominent member of the civil rights community in both Portland and Washington, D.C., will take place Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Water and Gibbs neighborhood of southwest Portland.
Citywide festival puts focus on world diversity
My favorite time of year is upon us! For the rest of this month, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) will pack your local theaters
Governor expands state sanctuary status for immigrants
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order to solidify the state’s status as a sanctuary state forbidding state cooperation with federal immigration authorities when the only crime being pursued is for being in the country without proper documentation
NW Film Center kicks off 40th annual festival
The Northwest Film Center kicks off the 40th Portland International Film Festival, a more than two weeks long schedule of movie screenings, with a Thursday, Feb. 9 viewing of the new Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”
Wells Fargo grant to help displaced families
Donation to help build 22 housing units