Ed Washington was a child living in Vanport, Oregon, in 1948, when the Columbia River flooded into the largest public housing project in the U-S at the time, leaving 18,500 people homeless, a large number of whom were black. The event changed race relations in Portland forever.
He speaks with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg about life in Vanport, and the Memorial Day flood of 1948.
KBOO's Jennifer Kemp spoke with Portland Copwatch's Dan Handleman about racial profiling by the Portland Police. Handleman says that the Portland Police search African American and Hispanic people at disproportinately high rates, despite statistics showing that white people are more likely to be in position of drugs. The Portland Police admitted for the first time that racism has played a role in police actions.
Alan Wieder remembers the Rivonia Raid 50 years after it happened. The South African government in the early 1960s attacked the Rovonia farm, then occupied by the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. These two groups, from which Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo came, were against the apartheid government.
Jonathan Schuppe is a crime and government reporter who has spent much of his reporting life in and around Newark, NJ. In that time, he's seen first hand the results of shattered lives and their effects on children. But he tells a different story in his new book, "A Chance to Win." Don Merrill talks with Mr. Schuppe about a special man who got a bunch of inner city kids interested in forming a sports team. And not basketball or football.
Lucia Pena, Faith Mayhew and Pina Williams talk about Racism in Oregon and organizing that they are involved with. Native American, Chicana and Balck groups that people could support are also discussed.
The Community Healing Network is an organization dedicated to helping Black people overcome the negative messages and stereotypes they encounter in this culture. Don Merrill talks with CHN President, Ms. Enola Aird about the motivations, focus and plans of CHN to help make the world better for Black people and everybody.
Join me in a delightful conversation with Walter Mosley on Thursday May 16, 2013 from 800AM-8: 30AM to discuss his latest book Little Green and the return of Easy Rollins! Walter Mosley is a New York City-based author, whose 37+ book literary career goes back to 1990′s Devil in a Blue Dress. That novel kicked off a series revolving around detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins — a Black resident of the Watts section of Los Angeles, whose continuing story begins in 1948, and (with the May 2013 release of his 12th story, Little Green) has progressed to 1967. Mosley also created the character of ex-convict Socrates Fortlow, the modern-day protagonist of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, and two other novels. Both Rawlins and Fortlow were adapted for the screen in the 1990s.
At the February 3 opening lecture for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, internationally noted contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems reflected on some of the major themes in her thought-provoking photographic and video work, including an overarching commitment to promote justice as it relates to race, gender, and class issues.
Born and raised in Portland, Ore., Carrie Mae Weems is internationally recognized for her powerful photography-based art that investigates issues of race, gender, and societal class.