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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

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By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News

 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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