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Donovan M. Smith

Writer, Photographer, Web Editor

About me: I am writer, photographer, and web-editor for The Portland Observer. I am a northeast Portland native, graduate of the prestigious Oregon Episcopal School, and committed to bringing the most important and impactful stories to the community.

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Recent Stories

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Silence the Violence!

Youth take a stand to stop the community bloodshed

Youth lead a demonstration in McCoy Park in response to a recent rash of shootings, some fatal this summer to tell the community "Silence the Violence!"

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Dawson Unveiling

Historic park ready for new memories

The $2.7 million city-led move to renovate north Portland's Dawson Park comes with new amenities, and nods to the local Black community in the quick changing neighborhood.

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A Hidden History

Scholar Walidah Imarisha to lead civil rights talk

Local residents are invited to hear PSU Black Studies professor Walidah Imarisha speak on the history of racism in Oregon when the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section hosts a public commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, July 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St.

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Revisiting Alberta

Proposed new look at issues comes with racial lens

Two longtime Portland educators are looking to revive a 1992 student-led study of the economy of Alberta Street, for the new millennium.

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Black Girl in Suburbia

Filmmaker explores racial ignorance and alienation of suburbia

“Black Girl in Suburbia” is a documentary exploring the tales of women of African descent, some still in school, some long past graduation, who were primarily raised and educated in mostly white communities.

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Activate Summer!

Opportunities to keep youth engaged

Summer is upon us Portland! How do we keep the young people engaged? The Portland Observer found some great opportunities to help answer that exact question.

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Please, No Labels

Musical couple explores ‘norms’ with debut EP

"Etheral" hip hop duo 7hirdwav3 explores the bounds of music, society, and the 'norms' with their debut EP 'Thirdwave'.

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God’s Prophet in Non-Violence

Local pastor writes book on Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes Jr., a Portland minister who has been on the front lines of injustice issues nearly his entire life has explored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in his new book “God’s Prophet in Non-Violence.” The pastor of Allen Temple CME Church and the chair of the Albina Ministerial Alliance’s Justice and Police Reform committee, Haynes hopes his book drives home the story of King’s own radical methodologies to refresh or enlighten readers in a society still dealing with systematic racism.

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Common Core Rollout

Schools implementing new standards, tests

Oregon is set to begin implementing the new Common State Standard testing, mandatory for all public schools in the district; but how will the new more vigorous standards effect students.

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Fighting for the Innocent

Oregon Innocence Project a lifeline to the wrongly convicted

Oregon is the last of the 50 states to adopt a project solely focused on reversing mishandled convictions.



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