Jessie Mae Petties-Cox
A memorial service for Jessie Mae Petties-Cox will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at Mallory Church of Christ, 3908 N.E. Mallory Ave.
Diverse lineup promises another great run
It's time for one of Portland’s highlights of the year: The Portland International Film Festival. For the last 37 years, the Northwest Film Center has been hosting PIFF and its diverse array of films to screen over two glorious weeks in February. It's such a brilliant opportunity to see films from all over the world, most of which you won't ever see in wide release and many of which may be hard to find after the festival runs its course.
Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia a Portland native, and licensed and board-certified psychiatrist in the state of Oregon is set to keynote a Black History Month lecture at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Stories from the dark side of dating
Advocates of Planned Parenthood offer a unique twist on Valentine's Day with "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating," a night of comedy on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Mission Theater, 1623 N.W. Glisan St.
The growing gap between rich and poor
“Income inequality” has become the political buzzword of 2014. President Obama has made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making it a focus of this year’s mid-term elections, and leading voices for human rights have called on government and business leaders to take immediate action to close the income gap for the sake of long-term economic and social stability. "--Marc H. Morial president of National Urban League
It's back to the table for PDC and the community
After Trader Joes decision to pull out of a deal that would have brought the specialty grocer to a prime piece of land in the heart of of Portland's historic African-American community, leaves the community, leaders, business owners, and the city questioning what is next for what has one of the most complicated and controversial sites in town.
On stage with black women in non-traditional jobs
What is it like to be a black woman working in the construction trades in America? And if I’m not that woman, why should I care? How does her life impact mine? The answer to that question will become apparent when you join the August Wilson Red Door Project and Portland Playhouse.
Cascade Festival of African Films to entertain and inform
Portland Community College's 24th Cascade Festival of African Films brings 19 films and two African directors
Joaquin Phoenix navigates technology in search for love
A lovely and heartfelt film
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