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A Hidden History

Scholar Walidah Imarisha to lead civil rights talk

Local residents are invited to hear PSU Black Studies professor Walidah Imarisha speak on the history of racism in Oregon when the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section hosts a public commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, July 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St.

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‘Hair Haven’ Passion

'Hair Haven' in downtown Gresham, is the culmination of a passion for healthy, natural, hair stemmed in Black cultural design.

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In Loving Memory

Billie McKenzie

Billie McKenzie made her final transition into eternity with our Lord God Almighty, June 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

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Revisiting Alberta

Proposed new look at issues comes with racial lens

Two longtime Portland educators are looking to revive a 1992 student-led study of the economy of Alberta Street, for the new millennium.

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Black Girl in Suburbia

Filmmaker explores racial ignorance and alienation of suburbia

“Black Girl in Suburbia” is a documentary exploring the tales of women of African descent, some still in school, some long past graduation, who were primarily raised and educated in mostly white communities.

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Portland Musician Remembered

Mel Solomon

Long time Portland resident and blues musician Mel Solomon, formerly of “Hank Ballard's Midnighters”, died Monday, June 23 after living with diabetes for many years, according to family and friends.

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Emotional Journey

Film ‘Ida’ keeps its focus on a family’s history

Our 'Opinonated Judge' reviews the film 'Ida'

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Summer Kids in the Park

Gresham plans special activities at three parks

Gresham is putting a hop and a skip into summertime with Summer Kids in the Park, an eight-week Gresham parks recreation and free lunch program for all youth 18 or younger.

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Move Over for Luxury

Trend sees older housing stock leveled for higher-cost living

North and northeast Portland have experienced a number of changes in the past few years adding to the gentrification of local neighborhoods. It’s easy to see the increased density, the changing neighborhood demographics, and, perhaps most apparent for the average resident, rising housing costs.

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Sweet History

Couple broke racial barriers in business

You can’t go there now, but the sweet treats of Milwaukie Pastry Kitchen are once again an Oregon hot spot. Co-owned by Hurtis Mixon Hadley Sr. and his wife Dorothy Bishop Hadley, the historical bakery is currently the subject of an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, downtown.

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Issues of Fairness, Justice, and God-given Dignity

Defending the Voting Rights Act

Rev. Chuck Currie details the threats to Justice of today

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A New Meaning and Tone for Memorial Day

Make it a day to celebrate peace

PSU Student and Iraq War veteran Eric Chitoubol says Memorial is a day to reflect on individual and familial happiness

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Saving Lives

Clinic expands services to fight health inequities

The North by Northeast Community Health Center just might be one of the best-kept secrets in north and northeast Portland. And they say it’s time for that to change. For over seven years the health center served low-income neighborhood adults with no health insurance, focusing on preventing the deadly consequences of high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes.

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Activate Summer!

Opportunities to keep youth engaged

Summer is upon us Portland! How do we keep the young people engaged? The Portland Observer found some great opportunities to help answer that exact question.

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New Fields and Tracks

Jefferson next in line for Great Fields project

A 10-year community-wide effort to provide every Portland high school with a new track and a synthetic turf field took a big step toward conclusion Friday when student athletes, Superintendent Carole Smith, NIKE and community leaders broke ground on the first of four new fields and tracks that will be completed this summer.

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Fitting College In

Student speaker no longer has to put her dreams on hold

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Yesenia Herrera wasn't sure how college fit into her life. Now, she can't imagine it not fitting in. The 20-year-old St. Johns resident was named the student speaker for the Portland Community College’s commencement ceremony on Friday, June 13, at Memorial Coliseum. She was also recently awarded the Community College President’s Award at Washington State University-Vancouver.

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In Loving Memory

James C. Crolley

A memorial service for James C. Crolley will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at Life Change Christian Center, 3635 N. Williams Ave.

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Kent Ford Tribute on July 4

The All African People’s Revolutionary Party invites the community to its third annual “Fourth of the Lie” program at Peninsula Park in north Portland on July 4 starting at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is a tribute to Kent Ford, the founder of the Portland Black Panther Party chapter. Conscious youth will perform with hip-hop contributions with other musical celebrations.

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Maya Angelou was a prophet of our times

Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo reflects on the life of Maya Angelo. "She knew what it meant to be a person of dignity, which she claimed was the very basis for being a representative of the human race."

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Dr. Maya Angelou: I Rise, We Rise, She Rises

Continuing a legacy of love and vision

Marc H. Morial reflects on the legacy of the recently late poet, author, activist Maya Angelou.

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