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.
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.
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 .