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Explore Portland’s Black History

Founder of Black Panther chapter leads discussion

1/7/2020, 9:15 a.m.
New exhibit featured at Multnomah Central Library, downtown
An archive photo from the city of Portland shows Kent Ford (left) Freddie Whitlow and Percy Hampton, leaders and members of the Portland Black Panthers, during the civil rights era of the 1960s and early 70s.

You’re invited to explore the legacy of the Portland Black Panther Party through art, music and storytelling in a new exhibit featuring Kent Ford, co-founder of the Portland chapter during the civil rights era of the 1960s and early 70s.

Ford will give a talk for the opening reception “Seeing it through: A visual manifestation of the Black Panther Party's legacy in Portland” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Multnomah County Central Library’s Collins Gallery, downtown. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be stay on display in the Collins Gallery for public viewing through March 1.