08 28 2015
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The Wake of Vanport

Will Bennet, right, receives an award from the City's Black History Month Committee.

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. After organizing and building a historical display in the hotel, now owned by the Central City Concern, the group dissolved. . . .


"Sugar of the Crop" by Sana Butler tells the story of an unprecedented quest to find the last surviving  children of slaves. In a revealing journey that takes the author from Los Angeles to Louisiana, from a Harlem church to a Virginia nursing home, Sana Butler paints a fascinating picture of freed slaves as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and tells the story of how they raised children after the Civil War. . . .


Expert genealogists Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom approach the unique challenges to researching African American familial history in "A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors."
The book uses examples, illustrations and case studies to help anyone:
• Gather and preserve oral and social history;
• Research Census records, including the important 1870 Census;
• Use African American-specific sources, including the Freedmen's Bureau and Freedman's Bank records;
• Work with and evaluate county and federal records. . . .

The Civil Rights Digital Library, a comprehensive civil rights Web site and portal hosted by the University of Georgia, saw an enormous spike in the number of hits during the week of Jan. 19 when the nation celebrated the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. 
The library is at . . .

Knott Street Boxing Club has some promising contenders headed to the Golden Gloves competition. The club, located inside the Matt Dishman Community Center, provides afterschool calisthenics, weight-lifting and sparring for dozens of young people. Club contenders with their assistant coach Stanley Dunn, from front right to back left: Lorenzo Caldera, 13; Harvey Platero, 15; Darius Hill, 14; Corey Hill, 14; Narek Tifekchian, 15.

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.. . .

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