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NEWS BRIEFS

PAM Presents African American Portraits

Exhibit demonstrates diversity of the African American experience, late 1800s to 1990s ...

Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update

Construction continues on a project repairing more than three miles of public sewer pipes ...

Augustana Lutheran Church Hosts Summer in the City Aug. 6

Free event includes BBQ, book sale, children’s games, music ...

Health Officials Warn of Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Emergency providers urge use of nalaxone, which is available without a prescription ...

Students Reach New Heights

Two rising sophomores attend aviation camp in Vancouver, Wash. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

EDITORIAL: It’s Time to Sunset the 48-Hour Rule

This week Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask Portland City Commissioners to end the hated 48-hour rule ...

Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

Lauren Victoria Burke reports on a series of domestic terrorist attacks across the U.S ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

The Skanner News Black History edition cover

 Welcome to The Skanner News' African American History Month tribute to the Black press; click here for a digital edition you can read from the comfort of your chair.

You’ve heard of The Skanner News and The Observer; you’ve heard of The Medium and The Facts.

In Seattle there’s also been the Afro-American (1968-69), The Northwest Herald (1943-46), The Seattle Enterprise (1920-30), and the Seattle Republican (1994-10) which was published by Horace Cayton, Sr., a Mississippi native who was born into slavery in 1859 and eventually went on to work at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Probably the very first Black newspaper in the Pacific Northwest was the Seattle Standard (1893-94), where Cayton got his start.

In Portland there was the Clarion Defender (1965-72), Portland Challenger (1952-54), and the Portland Times (1918-20). Both towns have seen several other African American papers that lasted just a year or less, a few dating back to the 1890s.

As we prepared this special edition, we were amazed at how many Black newspapers have hung out their shingle and tried to thrive in Oregon and Washington – both notorious Ku Klux Klan states.

In this special edition we have reprinted scholarly articles from the University of Oregon Historic Oregon Newspapers project (find out more about them at www.oregonnews.uoregon.edu); and from Dr. Quintard Taylor’s unparalleled website, www.BlackPast.org. We would also like to thank the Oregon Historical Society for its images of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, and Kathryn Bogle and her son Richard.

We hope readers take the time to check out the offerings on BlackPast.org and also the Oregon Historical Society (www.OHS.org), and share what you’ve learned with your family and friends.

We also hope you are inspired by the courage of individuals such as Ida B. Wells and Marcus Garvey, who sacrificed much to not only improve their communities but also change the world.

 

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