Honored by Concordia University
Kay Toran, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America, will receive Concordia University’s 3rd Annual Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award.
Bridge name finalists rooted in cultural significance
After a fierce search for the right name for the new light rail bridge under construction over the Willamette River, a committee of 10 has finally narrowed the list of possibilities to four names that meet criteria for cultural and geographic significance.
Teressa Raiford kicks off election campaign
Teressa Raiford kicked off a new political campaign to the backdrop of heavy nostalgia, and promises of a stronger community should she be elected Multnomah County Commissioner this year. Raidford, a civil rights activist and north Portland business woman who ran for the Portland City Council two years ago, announced her candidacy for county commissioner on Wednesday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Educator brings mobile museum to Jefferson
Scholar Khalid el-Hakim brought his Black History 101 Mobile Museum to Jefferson High School Thursday to help shine a light on how black history plays into the lyrics and images of hip-hop culture.
Portland Playhouse presents its fifth production from August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Jitney, a masterful, tension-filled play about a group of independent taxi drivers in a well-worn livery cab station in the mid-1970s.
Thousands of ‘My Beloved World’ distributed to schools, libraries
Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2014, the library’s 12th annual community reading project began last week with the distribution of thousands of copies of My Beloved World by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to schools and libraries.
Joyce Harris reflects on King; service to the community
Decades ago, Harris left her African-American hub of Harlem, N.Y., for Portland, a town she had barely even heard of because of a free-ride scholarship at Reed College. Her review from the initial Rose City landing, “I hated it,” she says, pinpointing blame on culture shock, Reed students’ bohemian lifestyles, and the distance from her family. As she actively looked for a way to escape, she was stopped in her tracks by Portland activist Ron Herndon, currently the longtime director of Albina Head Start who was then working on another Portland project, the Black Education Center.
Activist furthers Black empowerment tactics
In a land where sunny days and black bodies are sparse in numbers, California-bred activist Ahjamu Umi sees 35,000 rays of opportunity. The Portland transplant is leading a civil rights campaign in his new hometown with the recruitment of members to the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).
Portland Activist follows path of Martin Luther King Jr.
Too many lives have been cut short by violent confrontations with Portland Police and a northeast Portland activist has made it her mission to reform police department policies to bring about a change in the way police deal with the public, especially members of the African American and other minority communities. JoAnn Hardesty is a former state lawmaker whose mission of justice is to prevent any further officer-involved deaths while also keeping those who’ve passed alive in the hearts of their loved ones and the community.
Project would bring good jobs and grow local businesses
"For the past 20 plus years, there has been talk about the need for Portland to have a convention center headquarter hotel. Lack of political leadership in the past kept us on square one. Voters approved a beautiful multimillion dollar convention center that opened in 1990 that would be the epicenter of many future national meetings, conferences and conventions." --Roy Jay
A beloved community in which we are all interconnected
"Today, the annihilation of humanity looms again as a possibility because of climate change. In 1964, King could not have imagined the particular features of global environmental destruction that we now face. Yet, he had reflected carefully on the forms of action needed to avert mass extinction before, so his work can still be useful today in thinking about directions for the climate justice movement." Jose-Antonio Orosco
Students from Jefferson High School in north Portland take to the streets on Friday to support teachers and avert a strike in their contract negotiations with the Portland School District.
Prominent youth programs coming to Gresham
The Rockwood neighborhood in Gresham will soon become home to two of the most prolific youth-service programs in the country.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ renews Mary Poppins charm
Opinionated Judge Darleen Ortega reviews the Disney blockbuster
Gymnast helps kids, adults soar
What’s that flying in the air? Well, it very well could be you, momentarily denying the laws of gravity, if only for a moment once you become engaged in a sport coached by a Portland gymnast. Meet, Saidah Wilson the energy-charged founder of Bridge City Acrobatics, a new acrobatics and tumbling school that operates out of the Peninsula Park Community Center in north Portland.
‘American Hustle’ delivers on laughs, characters and fashions
Our 'Opinonated Judge' reviews the David O. Russell film, "American Hustle"
Portland giants in their work to make for a better community were honored by family, friends, and civic leaders at a special luncheon Friday at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs.
FBI honors ‘second chance’ program
The FBI Portland Division has presented Big Brothers, Big Sisters with its annual Community Leadership Award for a second chance program that pairs adult mentors with youth, ages 12 to 17, currently involved in the juvenile justice system.
Trauma-informed program assists males of color
How do you heal hurt people? Dr. Alicia Moreland-Capuia would like to think she has an answer for young men of color who have been scarred by traumatic injuries and need help to escape a life of recurring violence and retribution.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' rich in storytelling and music
Joel and Ethan Coen have another hit with 'Inside Llewyn Davis' their feature film about the struggles of a young folk singer who navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.