05-20-2018  3:19 am      •     
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman, conducted raids and seized thousands of marijuana plants in an investigation into what they say is an international black market marijuana operation financed by Chinese money, a newspaper reported Saturday.Authorities are still...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.British...

First class for Mississippi school after desegregation deal

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A small Mississippi Delta town whose rival high schools were combined last year under a desegregation settlement has held its first graduation ceremony.No longer Trojans and Wildcats, they're all Wolves now at Cleveland Central High School, whose seniors collected...

ENTERTAINMENT

Reggie Lucas, who worked with Miles Davis and Madonna, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna's debut album, has died. He was 65.The performer's daughter, Lisa Lucas, told The Associated Press that her father died from complications with his heart early...

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce"...

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — In the weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have...

The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local):9:20 p.m.The Duke and Duchess of...

Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the...

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

BERLIN (AP) — On the roof of Berlin's cathedral, bees are buzzing.Beekeeper Uwe Marth pulls out a honeycomb...

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin
By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

Sybrina Fulton, mother of late Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, will speak to a special gathering in Portland, April 13, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maranatha Church.

Fulton will deliver a message of youth empowerment in an event that is free and open to the public.

The following day, Fulton keynotes the 23rd Annual YWCA Inspire Luncheon and fundraising event, bringing some of the area’s most prominent businesses and community leaders to the downtown Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Longtime activist Joyce Harris, who helped in bringing Martin’s mom to Maranatha after hearing she would be in town, says she sees the night as “bringing together the village,” and an opportunity to “reignite” the sense of unity and responsibility amongst the community.

“We don’t have a lot of opportunities in Portland for cultural events,” Harris says. “So when those opportunities come around we need to understand that it’s not just the adults that need that cultural healing and connection—it’s the young people too.”

Fulton became an activist after her son Trayvon was shot by neighborhood watchman-turned-vigilante George Zimmerman, who walked free after a court trial.

Harris called her message “beautiful.”

“She realized that I have got to speak up. What’s so beautiful, is she clearly understands when she speaks up, it’s not just trying to address the injustice that happened to her son, but for all her kids,” says Harris.

“We still have people that don’t actually realize that racial profiling and racial discrimination are actually happening because it’s not happening to them,” Fulton said in February during an interview with James Terrell. “You need people like myself to bring that point out. I call it the ugly truth.”

 

Fulton’s visit to the Maranatha pulpit will be her first time addressing a crowd in the Rose City.

In 2013 she was scheduled to keynote the Black Parent Initiative’s annual symposium but was forced to cancel due to a family emergency.

In the days following the “not-guilty” verdict handed in by a six-woman Florida jury, acquitting Zimmerman of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter, Portlanders joined outcry across the nation in part by pouring into the streets.

 Hundreds, if not thousands, gathered in solidarity with Martin’s family in a series of protests against unjust killings, racial profiling, and a lack of accountability in the justice system.

Despite temperatures that week topping the 80’s, many Portlanders donned hoodies during the Summer 2013 rallies.

Martin wore a hoodie the night he died while carrying nothing but Skittles, iced tea and a cell phone; he was talking with a friend during the confrontation with Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has been arrested on domestic violence charges three times since his acquittal in the Martin case.

The hoodie has gone on to become synonymous with how Black and Latino youth are unfairly criminalized and profiled in the time since Martin’s passing.

Activists say public outrage over Martin’s killing served as the launching pad for the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement which was created as an “ideological and political intervention” to the disparate treatment of Black Americans.

Issues of police shootings, gang violence, and vigilante killings, have been at the heart of the emerging movement and has brought people together from around the country--it even inspires a spate of proposed new laws in Oregon.

The movement gained significant steam in the wake of other high profile deaths of Black people including Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Jordan Davis also of Florida, and Mike Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here in Oregon, State Rep. Lew Frederick has named the movement as one of the main reasons he has introduced 11 police-reform bills into the legislature, with the aim in-part of reducing profiling.

In addition to Fulton’s speech, the program will include spoken word, poetry, and music from youth and other community members as well.

For more information on the event, organizers ask you to leave a message at 503-288-8429.

Carpentry Professionals
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Report

repulsing the monkey