11-19-2017  2:22 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

From left to right, The Skanner Publisher, Bernie Foster, Council President of the Seattle City Council, Bruce A. Harrell, and Eddie Rye. Jr.
The Skanner News

The Skanner congratulates Eddie Rye Jr. as an inductee of the Golden Grads Hall of Fame 2017. A ceremony will take place on June 3 at the Garfield Golden Grad annual awards luncheon at Garfield High School in Seattle's urban Central District. Garfield is one of only two options for the district's Highly Capable Cohort for academically highly gifted students.

Eddie Rye Jr's remarkable professional career and his community involvement were integral to him being selected.

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Rye and his family relocated to Seattle in 1952 when is father, who was a Pullman Car Porter, came to the area as an organizer for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Rye has been a radio host, an anti-Apartheid demonstrator, and has made gallant efforts towards social change and economic justice in the Pacific Northwest. 

In 2016, The Skanner Foundation’s Drum Major for Justice Award went to Eddie Rye Jr. He was instrumental in renaming Seattle’s Empire Way to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and in organizing the city’s first MLK celebration in 1983. The celebration that day included a march of thousands from Garfield High school to the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. 

 

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