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In Loving Memory

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.

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International Films Hit Portland

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.

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Healing Hurt People Lecture

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.

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Night of Comedy a Valentine Twist

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.

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Great Divide of Income Inequality

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

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Trader Joes deal collapses after public outcry

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.

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My Walk Has Never Been Average

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.

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Through the Eyes of Africans

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

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Connecting with ‘Her’

Joaquin Phoenix navigates technology in search for love

A lovely and heartfelt film

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Portland Leader Improving Lives

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.

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And Then There Was 4

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.

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Running for County Commissioner

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.

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Black History and Hip Hop Culture

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.

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August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Opens

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.

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Everybody Reads First Hispanic Justice

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.

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Purveyor of African-American Pride

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.

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Building Support for Revolution

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).

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Fighting for Justice with Police Reforms

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.

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Make the Convention Center Hotel a Reality

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

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Dr. King’s Lessons for Climate Justice

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

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