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The People’s Observer was an African American publication in Portland in 1944, led by William H. McClendon, a prominent member of Portland’s civil rights community. Although McClendon was not involved, the Portland Observer today traces its roots to McClendon’s original publication.

The People’s Observer was an African American publication in Portland in 1944, led by William H. McClendon, a prominent member of Portland’s civil rights community. Although McClendon was not involved, the Portland Observer today traces its roots to McClendon’s original publication.

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The Portland Observer: Did you Know?

Facts about Oregon's longest serving Black publication

Diverse publication celebrates 50 years of covering the African American community and other communities of color.