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Displacement of African-Americans in 1970s Portland is captured in ‘Left Hook,’ a new play inspired in part by the Knott Street Boxing Club and the urban renewal projects that forced people out of their historical neighborhoods. The production premiers for the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a community wide festival that commemorates the 1948 Memorial Day flood that displaced thousands of people of color. Pictured are cast members (top row, center) Shareen Jacobs; (middle row from left) Tonea Lolin and Jasper Howard; and (bottom row from left) Anthony Armstrong, Kenneth Dembo, and Jame Savannah.

Displacement of African-Americans in 1970s Portland is captured in ‘Left Hook,’ a new play inspired in part by the Knott Street Boxing Club and the urban renewal projects that forced people out of their historical neighborhoods. The production premiers for the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a community wide festival that commemorates the 1948 Memorial Day flood that displaced thousands of people of color. Pictured are cast members (top row, center) Shareen Jacobs; (middle row from left) Tonea Lolin and Jasper Howard; and (bottom row from left) Anthony Armstrong, Kenneth Dembo, and Jame Savannah.

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‘Left Hook’ to Displacement

New play premieres for Vanport Mosaic

A new play that touches on the history of displacement in 1970s Portland, where hundreds of homes and businesses were razed in historical black neighborhoods, will debut as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival.