Wednesday, January 31
Educator with deep community ties plans school’s future
Natasha Butler’s extensive resume and experience in education and school administration might make her more than qualified as the planning principal for the re-opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School this fall. But the personal connection she has to the area and the north Portland school in particular can’t be replicated in just anybody’s repertoire.
Civil rights panel calls for changes
Oregon incarcerates young people and transfers them to adult court at a higher rate than almost any other state, according to a report released Tuesday by the Oregon Council on Civil Rights.
TriMet will launch a new low-income fare program on July 1.
New resource for students facing barriers
A long-held dream to help immigrant and refugee students facing unique barriers by providing them with resources that focus on empowerment, support and staying enrolled in school, has come to fruition with the opening of the Dream Center at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus in northwest Portland.
Black history events are open to the public during February at Self Enhancement, Inc., the program serving youth and families from the African American community.
Gaps persistent despite recent gains
New data shows the graduation rate is improving in Portland Public Schools except for black and African-American students, which as a group saw a three percent decline in how many students finished high school last year. The figures released from the Oregon Department of Education, also show that statewide, the black and African-American graduation rate increased by 1.5 percent during the same period.
Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado and renowned guitarist Alan Hager celebrate the release of their first collaborative CD, “Rough Cut” with two performances on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Mississippi Studios in north Portland.
Marshall Haskins, the athletic director for the Portland Interscholastic League since 2013, received a lifetime achievement award from the World Arts Foundation during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute event.
Grandma reminded me of the importance of drinking water first thing in the morning to get yourself hydrated. We have talked about this previously but now it’s coming from grandma so you have to listen.
Trump’s slander misrepresents America
On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti and the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, President Trump sat in a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform and publicly questioned why the United States -- a nation founded and built by immigrants -- should continue to accept immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa.
Tuesday, January 30
The Philadelphia Eagles take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4 in Minnesota.
Festival celebrates Black History Month
The Cascade Festival of African Films, sponsored by Portland Community College, offers audiences the rare and edifying opportunity to see Africa through the lenses of its own people.
Wednesday, January 24
New police chief makes pledge; speaks to racial inequities
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw championed the long worn path to civil rights progress and challenged the city and law enforcement to address racial inequities that still exist during her ceremonial installation as the city’s first African American female police chief Monday.
A beloved Greek diner that has been a welcoming presence and neighborhood institution for generations has put its ‘closed’ sign up for good, after 43 years.
Color PAC executive hits the ground running
Color PAC, a local organization dedicated to improving equity in public policy by recruiting, training, and supporting candidates of color for state and local office, has expanded its mission with the hire of their first-ever state director.
(AP) -- A woman who fatally stabbed another woman at a Portland strip club was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.
Takes to social media when asked about bomb
When a security guard at City Hall searched a bag from a Portland activist and community leader and joked about searching for a bomb, the resident, an immigrant from Somali and official candidate for political office in Oregon wondered if he was being racially targeted.
A name change, decreased tuition and more class offerings are being implemented at Warner Pacific College—now Warner Pacific University.
Dennis G. Payne Sr
Dennis G. Payne Sr. was born Jan. 23, 1948 and died Jan. 21, 2018.
Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Rice
Funeral services are pending for Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Woods Rice, a beloved Portland mother and one of the first members of the African American community to work as a registered nurse in Oregon.
Musician performs new work by Darrel Grant
Award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, 21, will be performing a new composition by acclaimed Portland musician Darrell Grant and other works in a series of performances, Jan. 25-27, and at various locations.
Comedian navigates race relations on stage and in podcast
Nathan Brannon, 34, is a stand-up comedian from Portland who has appeared on Comedy Central, travels throughout the country to perform, and is currently promoting his second comedy album, ‘Because,’ which came out in October 2016 under record label Kill Rock Stars.
Two young singers making a splash on the national stage, Devvon Terrell and Kayla Brianna, are making their stop in Portland.
What sort of country do we want?
The condemnation of Trump’s remarks on immigration has been swift and widespread. Most of the denunciations cast his ideas as seriously out of line with American ideals on immigration.
Wednesday, January 17
A peaceful march for freedom, unity and justice led by young people in the community in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday fills both sides of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Monday.
Citizen activists keep watch on EPA cleanup plans
Community advocates are raising alarms to how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to evaluate future cleanup work as plans move ahead to isolate and remove decades of toxic pollutants from the Willamette River.
Uses words laced with profanity and racism
President Trump has once again garnered worldwide criticism for profane and racist comments, this time about African countries and Haiti during an Oval Office meeting with several members of Congress to discuss bi-partisan immigration plans.
King Neighborhood asks for new message, apology
A seemingly innocuous billboard advertising Dr. Martens boots that has popped up around northeast Portland and in other locations has been called out as harboring a racist message.
Smith goes for city post; McGee for county
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, the only representative from the black community in local city or county government, made her campaign for a future open seat on the Portland City Council official Saturday; and Charles McGee, an activist parent from the black community, announced that he will run to replace Smith.
Haynes and Bethel honored for community service
Two African American Portland pastors dedicated to advocating for social justice and social change, Dr. LeRoy Haynes of Allen Temple CME Church and Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel of Maranatha Church, were recently honored for their longtime work in the community.
Portland’s White Bird Uncaged series welcomes back legendary hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris with his world-famous company, the Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater and his new work “Lifted.”
A city wide festival for artistic creators
Now in its ninth year, the Portland-grown Fertile Ground Citywide Festival of New Works flourishes in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers.
We can’t afford to delude ourselves
Most black folk might get offended if it is suggested that they are enablers to white supremacists. Yet, this enabling takes place every day.
Art Museum to host celebration of life
Loved ones, colleagues and admirers of the late Portland Mayor Vera Katz will have a chance to celebrate her life on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum.
Thursday, January 11
Free event at WSU Vancouver
The public is invited to Washington State University Vancouver on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to participate in "Reclaiming Our King: The Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." The free event with lunch included will take place from noon -- 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15 in the Firstenburg Student Commons.
The community is invited to hear Portland scholar and activist Walidah Imarisha speak at Western Oregon University for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative dinner on the school’s campus in Monmouth on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.
Blazers executive to address young professionals
The Urban League of Portland Young Professionals, a volunteer group helping build a pipeline of young new leaders who consider Portland as their home, will host a free career and leadership discussion for young professionals on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Moda Center.
MLK events on history and culture
Clark College in Vancouver will honor the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with two free and open to the public events that focus on African-American history and art.
Pearl Smothers Mashia
Home going services for Pearl Smothers Mashia will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 8501 N. Chautaqua Blvd.
Wednesday, January 10
Mark Washington, publisher of the locally owned and operated Portland Observer, was recognized for his community service and honored during a Dec. 31 celebration at Emmanuel Temple Church, a diverse and historic African American congregation serving north and northeast Portland.
Youth mentor speaks from experience
Dontae Blake, 43, is an ex-gang member from northeast Portland trying to reconcile his past by connecting younger gang members to nature in an effort to prevent them from going down the same path he once walked down.
In Loving Memory
Family and friends are mourning the death of Linda K White; a long time child activist and a retired manager of the Blazers' Boys and Girls Club.
This weekend two Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church will honor the late civil rights leader by holding a “Salute to Greatness” student scholarship and civic awards luncheon on Saturday at 12 p.m. and an “Empower the Dream” interfaith gathering and speaker series on Sunday at 2 p.m.
World Arts event largest MLK celebration
Oregon’s largest salute to Martin Luther King Jr. will once again come on the anniversary of the civil rights hero’s birthday and the national holiday that honors his contributions to racial progress in America .
Volunteer events to pack the MLK weekend
More than 1,500 volunteers will fan out this weekend across the greater Portland metro area in service to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Interfaith group inspired by MLK
Influenced by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who promoted love, respect, and justice, a group of local religious leaders of different faiths, known as the Beloved Community of Oregon, is now hosting monthly meetings for the public in an effort to bring people together.
Community driven group fights for progress
Black Male Achievement, an organization that runs within the city of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, has been fighting to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys since 2014.
Black Pioneers share exhibit ‘Racing to Change’
The Oregon Black Pioneers exhibit “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years,” opens to the public on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 15, at the Portland Historical Society, downtown.
A new documentary on the life of Lorraine Hansberry, a black writer, feminist and outspoken trailblazer at the height of the Civil Rights movement gets a free screening in Portland with the film’s director in attendance.
Reel Music Festival opens Friday for January run
The Northwest Film Center’s 35th annual Reel Music Festival kicks off this week with documentaries about some of music’s most legendary acts, celebrating jazz, blues, rock, soul, classical, avant-garde and every genre in between.
Local rap star takes ‘Stoopid’ to the next level
If you support local black-owned businesses, independent artists, and great music you should definitely be listening to Swiggle Mandela.
Pathway 1000 presents a path forward
Let’s face it, I am in my early 30’s, I work full-time, and the only affordable place for me to reside in Portland is a shared living space with ye ole Mother Hen. It is as lively as it sounds.
Tuesday, January 9
Jackie Winters earns respect from all sides
The ideals that Martin Luther King Jr. espoused and lived by are personal for Sen. Jackie Winters, but one episode in her own life brought it all into sharp focus.
Downtown rally calls for action
Advocates rally to fund a federal healthcare insurance program for children
Pledge calls on restoring trust
After some recent tensions on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a new statement focuses on restoring trust, signed by each member of the governing panel.
A celebration of life service for Louise M. (Blakely) Matthews
Wednesday, January 3
Measure would protect coverage for working poor
A wide coalition of health care advocates, including progressive and social justice organizations, are encouraging a yes vote in an upcoming special election to fund a major slice of the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s health insurance program serving low income residents.
Governor names official to governing panel
Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Alice Cuprill-Comas as president of the Port of Portland Commission.
Soul singer from NYC settles in
In her latest single, ‘Sittin’ Pretty,’ acclaimed Portland-based soul singer Fritzwa combines elements of jazz, classical, soul, and R & B to create a tune that is both rhythmic and relaxing.
Labor commissioner wins case against bakers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian says Oregon’s protections against discrimination in public accommodations remain strong after a higher court affirmed a finding that an Oregon bakery discriminated against a couple because they were Lesbians.
Visitors to downtown Vancouver are being greeted in the New Year with colorful new wayfinding signs to encourage walking and exploration of the city.
When men do things that make me uneasy
As we go into a new year, I have a resolution. I’m going to speak up more when men do things that make me uneasy.
Tuesday, January 2
Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court
New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion