09 02 2015
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40 Years of Service

In the history of Oregon sports, the Knott Street Boxing Club is legendary. Once the most celebrated team of its kind in the nation, Knott Street boxers have been contenders on the national scene for almost 50 years. This spring, the club has shot back into the limelight with Golden Gloves and Junior Golden Gloves titles brought home from Tacoma last month . . .

Before gentrification, before Northeast redlining, and before Vanport – there was the Golden West Hotel. Sitting in the shadow of Union Station, where a large number of African Americans found gainful employment, the Golden West was a community gathering place for pool games, drinks, meals, haircuts and even a Turkish bath. The early part of the 20th century was kind to the grand hotel and the surrounding Black-owned businesses – the Depression was not. In the late '80s, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of Golden West group ...

Of all the electronic resources available for anyone interested in Black history, BlackPast.org is the richest gold mine on the planet. Developed by University of Washington history professor Dr. Quintard Taylor – the foremost historian of African Americans and African descendents in the West – BlackPast.org has attracted millions of visitors to its hundreds of free and easily-searched features since its launch in 2005. ...

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