Stories for January 2018

Thursday, January 11

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Explore the Radical Legacy of MLK

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.

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College Hosts Keynote Scholar

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.

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Perspectives in Leadership

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.

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Clark College Revisits 1968

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.

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Our Beautiful Mother

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

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Church Honors Family Legacy

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.

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Putting At-Risk Kids on Path to Non Violence

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.

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Retired Boys and Girls Club Manager Remembered

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.

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Church Events Celebrate Dr. King

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.

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“Keep Alive the Dream” Tribute

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 .

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Honoring King and Building Community

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.

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Bringing People Together

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.

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Promoting Black Male Achievement

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.

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Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

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.

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Revealing Portrait of Activist Artist

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.

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Celebrating Musicians and Film

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.

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Swiggle Mandela’s Cross Promotion

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.

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Dreams of Owning a Home in My Neighborhood

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

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New Minority Leader On Equality and MLK

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.

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Dismayed by Failure to Fund Kids’ Healthcare

Downtown rally calls for action

Advocates rally to fund a federal healthcare insurance program for children

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County Commissioners Tap Down on Conflict

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.

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In Loving Memory

Louise Matthews

A celebration of life service for Louise M. (Blakely) Matthews

Wednesday, January 3

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Healthcare on the Line

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.

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New Leader for Port of Portland

Governor names official to governing panel

Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Alice Cuprill-Comas as president of the Port of Portland Commission.

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A Change of Pace

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.

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Ruling Validates Equality Law

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.

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Encouraging the Walk

Visitors to downtown Vancouver are being greeted in the New Year with colorful new wayfinding signs to encourage walking and exploration of the city.

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A New Year’s Resolution: Time to Speak Up

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

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Adrienne Nelson Picked for Supreme Court

Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court

New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion