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In June 1952, diversity is brought to the Portland Rose Festival when Arthur ‘Bantu’ Palmer Jr. commissions his own float to showcase young black females from the community.

In June 1952, diversity is brought to the Portland Rose Festival when Arthur ‘Bantu’ Palmer Jr. commissions his own float to showcase young black females from the community.

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A Portland Leader for Racial Progress

Arthur ‘Bantu’ Palmer was a change agent

Arthur James “Bantu” Palmer Sr. was a change agent who is not forgotten and his works continue to enrich the lives of many.