Latino theater group brings story to life
Southeast Portland’s Milagro Theater presents a world premier of El Payaso.
Pastor leads movement for social justice
Pastor Mark Knutson is a national leader in a movement for social justice for immigrants struggling to obtain legal status in the United States. Northeast Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church, a multicultural congregation where he serves as a spiritual leader, is one of the few churches to provide sanctuary for immigrants in fear of being deported.
Braving arrest and threats to advance cause
Gregory McKelvey is the leader of Portland’s Resistance, a group dedicated to fighting policies in the incoming Trump administration that are detrimental to minorities, immigrants and other disadvantaged populations.
Activist gathers voices to promote understanding
Portland author and photographer Margaret Jacobsen is the founder of a discussion and education group that connects people and focuses on community building to address racial justice issues. The group is called Let’s Talk.
Activist documents Trump protests worldwide
Activist and non-profit director Cameron Whitten looks at his citizen journalism as giving a bird’s eye view on the resistance to the Trump presidency.
Standing out among the others
The recent hateful tirade of failed New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino stands out.
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.