The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City by Lucas N. N. Burke
Portland, Oregon, although widely viewed as a liberal bastion, has historically struggled through ethnic diversity. In fact, the 2010 census found it "the largest city in America". In an early…
The Portland Black Panthers synopsis
Portland,Oregon, although widely viewed as a liberal bastion, has historically struggled through ethnic diversity. In fact, the 2010 census found it "the largest city in America".
In an early recognition of these disparate realities, a group of African-American activists in the 1960s formed a local branch of the Black Panther Party in the city's Alpina region to mobilize their community and be heard by the city's leaders. As Lucas Burke and Jodson Jeffries revealed, the Portland branch was quite different from the most famous and infamous headquarters.
Instead of showing the streets wearing black hats and ammunition belts, Banthers was more interested in opening a health clinic and starting free breakfast programs for the neighborhood's children. Although the group was hit outside local politics by the early 1980s, its legacy lives on the various active groups in Portland, which are still fighting many of the same battles.
History of the city and African American communities with previous interviews. This long-awaited account of PortlandPanthers and other key players adds to the complexity of our understanding of the protracted civil rights movement across the Northwest Pacific..
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