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Alarmed by Trump

Professor sees parallels to era of Martin Luther King Jr.

As the nation transitions from its first black president to an incoming president-elect who ran his campaign on divisive and racially-charged language, an expert in race relations at Portland State University sees parallels between our current time and the era of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Drum Major Ecumenical Service

Panel discussion to highlight MLK celebration

One of the oldest African American congregations in the state, the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, will host people of faith from across the state this weekend to honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A special focus will be a panel discussion, “Where do we go from here,” led by moderator Bill Deiz.

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St. Andrew Hosts MLK Service

St. Andrew Parish in northeast Portland invites the public to join them for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Mass and service awards which will be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11.am.

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Mayor to Speak at King Observance

Mayor to Speak at King Observance

Mayor Ted Wheeler will be the featured speaker at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at Maranatha Church, 4222 N.E. 12th Ave.

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Traditions of Giving Back

Concordia exhibit explores black philanthropy

A groundbreaking touring exhibit that explores the giving traditions of African Americans through history and the contributions of black Americans in transforming society will open this weekend for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Concordia University.

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World Arts Tribute to MLK

32nd annual celebration at Highland Center

The 32nd Annual World Arts Foundation tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place Monday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Highland Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St.

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Lunch Program Honors King

Paper is folded into cranes to represent peace and healing, one of the activities that will take place during a special community service event to pack lunches for kids and a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance coming to Maranatha Church on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Role Models of Color

County achieves first majority minority board

Multnomah County ushered in the New Year by welcoming three new commissioners to its board and setting a new bar for diversity in representative government with every elected member of the commission representing a minority group, the first time that has ever happened.

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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Jail-time merges with daily life in new documentary

The Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, downtown, presents “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, with 7 p.m. screenings on Friday, Jan.6 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

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Holistic Approach

Police Bureau’s new efforts to recruit minority officers

The Portland Police Bureau has launched a new police officer recruitment initiative to increase the force’s diversity and boost officer retention. The goal is to remove barriers from its hiring process in order to widen the pool of potential applicants. A newly-produced video accompanies the effort, which features a diverse group of active-duty Portland Police officers describing why they find their jobs rewarding.

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Mental Health Center to Open

Unity Center for help, hospitality and hope

The first and only dedicated psychiatric emergency room in Oregon will open this month in northeast Portland, a community-focused collaboration between Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and OHSU to create a comprehensive psychiatric emergency care facility for people facing a mental health crisis.

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Equity and Policy Manager Hired

The Portland Development Commission has named Mayra Arreola, a former executive with the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, as the new PDC director of social equity, policy and communications.

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In Memory of

Lavada Arion Jones

Lavada Arion Jones has passed away.

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In Loving Memory

Naomi Jackson Houston

Naomi Jackson Houston went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 11, 2016.

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Counting on a Miracle

McCoy Academy faces closure

McCoy Academy, a non-profit private high school serving underserved students in Portland for more than a generation is facing closure.

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Sanctuary County

Board on notice for welcoming immigrants

Multnomah County has reaffirmed its commitment to serving all residents regardless of immigration status by passing a resolution making it an official ‘sanctuary county.’

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Harmful Mass Incarceration

A new women’s prison won’t solve the problem

We need to understand that simply locking women up cannot cure the root causes of crime that so many criminal justice experts consider to be a public health issue.

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Flu Hits Oregon Strong and Early

Still time for flu shot protection

Influenza cases are rising in Oregon, and although the increase is expected this time of year, Oregon Health Authority officials say it shows flu season is off to a strong and early start. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type.

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Advancing Education and Literacy

McCollum earns NBA Cares Award

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his efforts to promote education and literacy throughout Portland.

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In Loving Memory

Bervin Lionel Johnson Sr.

Bervin Lionel Johnson Sr. was born in Longview, Texas on Nov. 27, 1958. He died Dec. 17, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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