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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lavada Arion Jones
Lavada Arion Jones has passed away.
Naomi Jackson Houston
Naomi Jackson Houston went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 11, 2016.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.