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Organizers Announce Aug. 6 March for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice

Endorsers include Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, VOZ Workers Rights Education Project and Council on American Islamic...

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 ...

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Welcoming Immigrants Keeps America Great

Trump’s plan to bar immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries is unlawful and un-American ...

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...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Juanita Walton and Roy Jay

Born Juanita Alberta Walton on May 19, 1954 and raised in Kinloch Missouri, Juanita comes from a family of great heritage, history and self-determination.

She earned her Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Her career calling was politics...elected to the Missouri Legislature, she served eight years representing the residents and businesses of St. Louis County.  At the end of her last term, Juanita was about to make a dramatic life change... move from her home of Missouri, across country to Portland, Oregon to pursue personal interest with a man that gave her an opportunity and encouragement to elevate herself to the next level.

After moving to Portland, she not only set up her own businesses, but also served as Administrator for Project Clean Slate.  She served on various board and committees and had a special passion for The Sisters Network, where she served as Director.

Juanita Walton was a very low profile accomplished woman. She was actively involved with the National Foundation of Women Legislators where she served on the board. She has traveled to various countries as representing the United States and Roy Jay Enterprises based in Las Vegas.

Juanita loved God and everyone around her. Her and her business partner, Roy Jay were the quiet sources of scholarships, home financing, job placement and other community endeavors that were never publicized.

Mrs. Walton represented parts of north St. Louis County from 2000 to 2008. She chaired the business and finance committee for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, served as president of the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and was Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township.

She was also a founding member of the Black Women’s Political Action Coalition, an organization aimed at increasing the political influence of women at all levels of elected office.

In a varied career outside politics, Ms. Head Walton was a licensed real estate agent, and worked as a flight attendant for TWA, a trainer for St. Louis Community College, and an instructor at Alabama State University. She was the former director of the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center in St. Louis, and was president of the Sisters Network, an African-American breast cancer organization in Portland, Ore. She was on the board of the Center for Women in Policy and Politics in Portland, Oregon, comprised some a select group of influential and effective females. In addition, she was a registered lobbyist representing large corporations, government agencies as well as Roy Jay’s business and community interest.

Ms. Head Walton was born May 19, 1954, at St. Louis County Hospital in Clayton, to John W. and Delores Head. Her father, John, preceded her in death. She was the fifth of their eight children.She was a graduate of Kinloch High School, Lincoln University and Lindenwood University, and she attended Washington University. She held a masters degree. She was a member of Coleman-Wright CME Church in St. Louis before moving and joining Highland Christian Center in Portland.

Celebration of life event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday April 30, 2016 at Highland Christian Center located at 7600 NE Glisan Street. Her survivors include her husband, Roy Jay of Portland; her mother, Delores Head; her sons, Elbert Walton III of St. Louis and Capt. Johnathan Walton of the Army National Guard; and seven siblings, Evelyn Head, Joyce Martin, John Head, Charles Head and Sharon Gill, all of St. Louis County, Patricia Johnson of Texas, and Willie Head of Oregon.

In her loving memory, Roy Jay invites people to make contributions to Sisters Network to help educate other women about cancer. Mail contribution to Sisters Network – ORSWWA Chapter 3519 NE 15th Avenue #306 – Portland, OR 97212

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