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NEWS BRIEFS

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

Annual Humboldt Neighborhood Association Cleanup

All neighborhoods and residents welcome ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Lifelong education advocate Eveyln Crowell was celebrated at the open house for the new Center for African American Community History to open in the PCC Cascades Campus library.

Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus hosted a community open house to celebration the inauguration of the renovated Cascade Campus Library and the naming of a new Center for African American Community History in honor of longtime community leader Evelyn Crowell.

Click through the slideshow below to see pictures from the event. Photos by Jerry Foster.

PCC Open House for Evelyn Crowell, November 15, 2016

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The new Center for African American Community History will be created and installed in 2017. The intention is to tell the story of the Black community in Northeast Portland from early days into the present day, including events such as the Vanport Flood.

Evelyn “Evie” Crowell had been a resident of North Portland since 1942. She was the first member of her family to attend college. After graduating in the third graduating class of Portland State University, she went on to teach and become a librarian at PSU.

Crowell has shown a life-long dedication to education through her work serving on the Portland School Board and the Oregon State Board of Trustees. She was the first African American board president of the YWCA of Greater Portland and an active member of the Portland Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Crowell has donated over $109,000 to the PCC Foundation which established an endowed scholarship in her name. She also created scholarships for technical program students at PCC Swan Island Trades Center.

The library is the final project in PCC's campus bond-funded construction program. Since the bond referendum in 2008, two buildings have been added as well as an underground parking garage. Nearly every building on campus has seen renovations and upgrades.

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