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Honoring Black History Month

February 28, 2012

Nick was honored to join the 1st Annual Salute to Black History Makers on Monday.

The 1st Annual Salute was sponsored by Self Enhancement, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth tap into their potential, and Portland Prime, a downtown Portland restaurant.

Ten of our local community members were honored for their contribution to our local history.

Honorees this year were:

  • Reverend Dr. W.G. Hardy, Highland Christian Church
  • Avel Gordly, a former Oregon State Senator
  • Mel Brown, the legendary jazz musician
  • Larry Miller, President of the Portland Trailblazers
  • Bernie Foster, publisher of the Skanner News
  • Loretta Smith, Multnomah County Commissioner
  • Margaret Carter, former Oregon State Senator
  • Phil Walden, local community coach (posthumous)
  • Ernest Hartzog, retired educator
  • Vesia DeWeese-Loving, community activist

February is National Black History Month. Earlier this month, Mayor Sam Adams read a proclamation calling on Portlanders to:

“…embrace and celebrate the rich histories of this City and dedicate themselves, their families, neighbors and community to the pursuit of the freedom, justice and equality all Americans deserve.”

Congratulations to our community’s history makers!

The 1st Annual Salute to Black History Makers

In The Skanner, February 28