GOLDEN WEST HOTEL EXHIBIT IS ONLINE


The Golden West Hotel was a vibrant place of employment and socializing for Portland’s African American community in the early 1900s. Display panels and audio narrative detailing this history can be found on the W.
Broadway side of the building
Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

“The original location of the Black community in Portland was in close proximity to Union Station where much of the Black economic life and employment life was centered.”
– Darrell Millner

“[My grandfather] saw there was this Black community that mainly worked for the railroad and there was no place for the Blacks to stay….In 1905 he purchased a building and in 1906 opened up the Golden West which was the largest Black-owned hotel west of the Mississippi.”
– Anthony I. Allen

This permanent exterior exhibit, installed in 2009, tells a social and ethnic story of the vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and challenges of its residents. The exhibit – featuring six panels and a soundtrack– can be seen and heard by the public on both sides of the Golden West Building, 707 NW Everett at Broadway.

“ Theater Draws Color Line ”
W.D. Allen and his son Robert, (latter a Senior at Grant High School), attended a performance at the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday evening. On entering the usher told them to go upstairs. Mr. Allen then inquired if there were not seats downstairs. The usher said there were, but that Colored people were prohibited from occupying them. Mr. Allen and his son ignored the usher and took seats downstairs. Later, they were approached by the manager who is quoted as having said: “Gentlemen, I would like to see you out in the lobby.” Mr. Allen: “I don’t care to go out there, and I don’t care to be molested. I came to see the show.””
– Portland Advocate, October 5, 1929

Online Exhibit Celebrates the rich history of the Golden West, the former center of Portland’s African-American social and business life in the first decades of the twentieth century.

“Had The Biggest Gambling Estabishement On The West”

1906-1931

When Black entrepreneur W.D. Allen launched the Golden West Hotel in 1906, Portland was booming. The completion of the transcontinental railroad, the opening of Union Station and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Fair triggered a flood of visitors and workers to the city’s bustling North End. The Golden West was designed to serve the Black railway porters, cooks, barbers and waiters recruited by the major railroads. It provided “all the conveniences of home” for Black workers denied accommodation in Portland’s white owned hotels, and was a center of African American social life until the hotel’s closure in 1931.
 
Patrons could get a haircut and a shave at Waldo Bogle’s Barbershop, sweets at A.G. Green’s ice cream parlor and candy shop, and relax in George Moore’s Golden West Athletic Club featuring a Turkish bath and gymnasium. In its heyday, the Golden West provided an overnight home for prominent black entertainers, athletes, and civic leaders such as Illinois Congressman Oscar DePriest and labor organizer A. Philip Randolph. Some even “retired” there, including Portland Advocate newspaper founder and famous Portland Hotel “hat check man,” E.D. Cannady.
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The Golden West Hotel closed in 1931, a victim of the national economic Depression. The “New Golden West Hotel” opened in 1933 but closed in 1935. Other closures plagued the hotel until 1943, when it reopened as the Broadmoor Hotel, surviving until 1984 as low cost housing. Through the efforts of the building’s present owner, Central City Concern, and with the assistance of the Portland Development Commission, the building has been rehabilitated and the name restored to recognize the Golden West Hotel’s significant role in the history of Portland.

Cuarator: Graphic Design: Ildiko Toth, SERA Architects, Inc.
Historical Consultants: Cathy Galbraith, Architectural Heritage Center, Inc.
Dr. Darrell Millner, Distinguished Professor@Portland State University.
Advisory Committee Members: Nicole Allen, Billy Anfield, Will Bennett, Michael “Chappie” Grice,
Bill Hart
LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE
Will, In the future, please have anyone interested in getting copies of “Local Color” or in having a public showing of Local Color to contact me directly. We have a limited number of copies of the program and want to make sure they are distributed fairly.
Please email me with your request for copies including a description of who will get the copies and how they will be used.
Jeff Douglas Vice President of Local Production
JDouglas@opb.org Thank you | OPB-TV

LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE

Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

Will, In the future, please have anyone interested in getting copies of “Local Color” or in having a public showing of Local Color to contact me directly.  We have a limited number of copies of the program and want to make sure they are distributed fairly.
Please email me with your request for copies including a description of who will get the copies and how they will be used.
Jeff Douglas Vice President of Local Production
JDouglas@opb.org Thank you | OPB-TV
This 1991 OPB documentary chronicles the little known history of racism in Oregon and the moving story of people, both black and white, who worked for civil rights. Jon Tuttle was a news reporter in Portland for most of his life but said he was unaware of much of this history until late in his career. He set out to document the story but found he was almost too late as some of the important participants had died and others were getting on in age. Local Color is the story of black Oregonians and their struggle for equality told by the people, both black and white, who lived the history. But there are moments of highly disturbing racism in a state not known for racial diversity. But there are also moments of inspiration and courage as people take a stand to bring about important change. Without this historic documentary, many of these stories, from some of the state’s best people might have been lost and forgotten.
LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE
Will,
This would not have happened without your perseverance and dedication. The exhibit does a great job telling the story of the Golden West and the broader historical context of the African-American experience in Portland in the early 20th century.
Thanks. N.
¨  Nicholas T. Starin, City Planner
¨  Historic Resources Program & Central Portland Team
¨  Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
¨  1900 SW 4th Avenue, Ste. 7100
¨  Portland OR 97201-5380
¨  nstarin@ci.portland.or.us
 Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE

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Know Your Rights at Palestine Demo. History of Protestors Sentenced During Operation Cast Lead


Originally posted on Resistance and Community:

*OLD NEWS ALERT* 2008-09 HUNDREDS OF PRO-PALESTINE PROTESTORS ARRESTED AND MOST END UP SERVING TIME

In 2008-09 many protestors demonstrated against another Israeli invasion of Gaza in London.
Tomorrow once again many protestors will demonstrate against ANOTHER Israeli invasion of Gaza in London…

Stop the War, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative and the myriad of other organisations were ill prepared to defend the largely muslim and asian/arab/black protestors that were kettled against their will and attacked by the riot police on horseback mirroring the crusades. Protestors courageously defended themselves physically against police attacks – as is their right.There was a lack of police monitors/legal observers to observe and record the conduct of police and to distribute rights information cards (aka ‘bust cards’)

People were filmed by specialist evidence and intelligence gathering teams including the Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) and footage was examined for months after the protests…

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Roots of gentrification: Key moments in North and NE Portland’s transformation during the past 24 years


Roots of gentrification: Key moments in North and NE Portland’s transformation during the past 24 years
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#KnowYourHistory #Gentrification & #Displacement #Albina

#Ghetto
A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure. The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

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Portland Fails Fair Housing Its Black Community


The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was intended to help break down the walls of segregation and poverty by protecting the fundamental right of anyone, regardless of color, to have the opportunity to live where they choose. Over the past 44 years, millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to advance that goal through ensuring affordable housing is part of every neighborhood. But a new report by the Oregonian that examined metropolitan area public housing records found that far from breaking down segregation and poverty, Portland and other local governments have reinforced it. The poor and people of color have been concentrated in the region’s poorest neighborhoods while desirable communities such as Inner Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego remain white and affluent.

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 Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Brad Schmidt, the Oregonian reporter who pieced together this disturbing picture from public records that often required legal action to obtain. Portland State University Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Karen Gibson will also join the conversation. Gibson is currently conducting a study of the political economy of neighborhood change in Portland’s historic black community, the Albina District. Join us as we examine how “progressive” Portland has failed so dismally and what needs to happen to create a truly fair housing environment in the region.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland’s civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the “tip jar” in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO’s homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO’s underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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Portland Fails Fair Housing Its Black Community


What’s been done about this…notice dates

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City Club Prodded


Originally posted on Consult Hardesty has moved!:

The Partners at Consult Hardesty joined the City Club of Portland with the specific intent of helping promote their participation in community-wide police accountability efforts.

On 19 November, we were asked to influence their choice of topic for their next research project. 

Read our response, here:

Consult Hardesty Charges City Club with Study on Police Oversight Structures.

We feel this is an important document, as it describes the timeliness of a call for greater police accountability, but in that it also gives an indication of the breadth of work that has been offered for consideration over the years.

Includes links to a 2010 report by the City’s Police Oversight Stakeholder Committee (ignored the Mayor, in favor of a position taken by City attorneys, Portland Police and their union), as well as a City Club study on race relations with Portland Police, circa 1968.

City Club of Portland

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DECENTRALISED NATURAL WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS


Originally posted on Community Sustainable Organic Farming:

With water retention landscapes, it is possible to provide enough freshwater for animals, plants and humans beings in every region of the world. Water is the key to a stable climate. A natural built reservoir that allows water to seep into the ground has a balancing effect on the climate. There is no life without water. We need to create natural, decentralised water landscapes, using retention methods to collect rain water and store it on the land to promote the growth of vegetation.

All around the planet the soil is drying out and water is being lost due to bad management of resources, centuries of intense and incorrect cultivation methods have resulted in the drying out of the land.

Contour lines and natural watercourses are a very valuable aid when designing a retention space. The first step is to look, to read the landscape, to recognise the contour lines, and how…

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2012 annual report for this blog | 2012 in review


Goldenwest.Wordpress.com 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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PORTLAND BLACK HISTORY PROJECT: Dates/Times


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take-note feb2011


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The Pacific NW Black Pioneers Traveling Exhibit

Pacific NW Black Pioneers Traveling Exhibit Location: Portland City Hall 1221 SW 4TH Ave., 97204  Free Admission – Open Monday through Friday; 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Guided Tours available: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Reservations suggested for large groups. Event sponsors: The Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Regional Arts & Cultural Council,and the City of Portland. For more information call: 971-570-3486 or Email: barbara.leonard2007@gmail.com
 
Flier:> http://tinyurl.com/6bx95qv
Community Practionors & Friends = See Attach
Hope to see you soon…
peace
will b.
(~_~)
Please join The Links, Incorporated at Portland City Hall on February 17th, 4 -7at the opening reception for the Pacific NW Black Pioneers exhibitdepicting OregonWashington and Alaska Black Pioneers. It’s free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
See you, there!!! Flyer http://tinyurl.com/6bx95qv
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More Portland Black History

Abduel Hall Live at Stevies Passion, power, and soul. These three words are synonymous with the name Abduel Hall. Possessing the ability to quiet the loudest mouth and bring tears to the eyes of the hardest heart with the sound of the mightiest instrument given to man is to some a far-fetched dream that is this multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer has made his reality. Abduel’s prayerful ascension to stardom is by all standards a testament to visualization. Although distinguishably unique and original in his sound, the influences of his past and present musical heroes are undoubtedly evident. For it was Stevie that shaped his aesthetic; it was Whitney that inspired him; and the soulful spirit of the Clark Sisters coupled with his own faith and determination in the Lord that shows him that this can be done. For Abduel, music has become his lifeline. Exposing his talent to the world at the tender age of three, Abduel entered his first talent show. This was to become the first of many, earning his widespread recognition throughout the city and various parts of the country. Thus Abduel has become one of the most talented and sought after artists in the Northwest. Unlike the current trend of R&B artists, Abduel makes key contributions to both his style and sound by writing, arranging and producing his own material as well as that of other artists like him. Open your mind, your heart and lend him an ear. For he shall be the first and the last. Experience the pure and rapturous soul of man. You are cordially invited to experience the soul of Abduel Hall.

 

Abduel Hall on SoundCloud – http://soundcloud.com/abduelhall

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View Golden West Online Exhibit
Golden West Exhibit is online!!!
The permanent exhibit can be viewed at the Golden West at Broadway and NW Everett. CCC has many images, information and audio from the display on our website too at http://centralcityconcern.org/golden-west-intro.html
Portland Black History
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Subject: RE: Pacific NW Black Pioneers exhibit
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:21:56 -0800
From: Clarke, Cary <Cary.Clarke@portlandoregon.gov>;
To: ‘GOLDEN WEST PROJECT’ <golden-west-project@african-american-historical-district.com>;
Hi Will-
http://www.facebook.com/Will.Bennett1960
Nice to see you, too. What a great event! I really enjoyed hearing from former Commissioner Washington, among others.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=194257613934882&id=100000519335749&aid=52699
Attached is the flyer http://tinyurl.com/6bx95qv for the Pioneers event, the reception for which is next Wednesday. Thanks for taking an interest. The exhibit was installed today and it looks great! Hope to see you there.
Best,
Cary Clarke
Arts and Culture Policy Director
Office of Mayor Sam Adams
City of Portland
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 340
Portland, OR 97204
P: (503) 823-2108
E: cary.clarke@portlandoregon.gov
T: @CClarkePDXArts
W: mayorsamadams.com
2010 Arts & Culture Progress Report: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=49518&a=330476
—–Original Message—–
From: GOLDEN WEST PROJECT [mailto:golden-west-project@african-american-historical-district.com]Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:07 PM To: Clarke, Cary; Adams, Sam; Adair, Donny (HR); Hall, Tim Cc: sylwelch@gmail.com Subject: FW: Pacific NW Black Pioneers exhibit
Cary =
Good to see you last night… can you provide me with official info regarding the event below…i.e Fliers, links etc…   Please join The Links, Incorporated at Portland City Hall on February 17th, 4 – 7 at the opening reception for the Pacific NW Black Pioneers exhibit depicting Oregon, Washington and Alaska Black Pioneers. It’s free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. See you, there!   Reception and Opening Ceremony for Pacific NW Black Pioneers Exhibit Thursday, February 17 at 4:00pm City Hall, Portland, OR
peace
will b.
(~_~)
WILL BENNETT
Community Practitioner, Futurist/Historian
At Large
Creative Director@
Golden West Project: through continuing research
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com
(~_~)
BUILDING A NETWORK FOR PRESERVATION OF
PORTLAND’S & OREGON’S AFRICAN AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE/HISTORY…AND MORE!!!
(~_~)
LOCAL COLOR NOW ONLINE!
http://www.african-american-historical-district.com/LOCAL_COLOR_IS_ONLINE.html
(~_~)
Amateur Historian Pushes Behind the Scenes History
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/amateur-historian-pushes-behind-the-scenes-history/
(~_~)
Ugly fried history
http://www.blackinformant.com/remember/ugly-fried-history
(~_~)
Proposed AFRICAN-AMERICAN Historic District within Portland’s Old Town
http://www.centralcityconcern.org/_img/goldenwest/railroad/businesses.jpg
(~_~)
Big Year for Golden West Historic Hotel Display
http://www.theskanner.com/article/view/section/35/id/11465
(~_~)
Golden West Exhibit is online!!!
The permanent exhibit can be viewed at the Golden West at Broadway and NW Everett. CCC has many images, information and audio from the display on our website too at
http://centralcityconcern.org/golden-west-intro.html
(~_~)
The New Golden West Historical Display
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/the-new-golden-west-historical-display/
(~_~)
Group Dedicates New Golden West Historical Display
http://www.theskanner.com/article/view/id/10695
(~_~)
“Unveiling” Golden West Historic Event
http://tinyurl.com/ylln3n8
(~_~)
February 2010 – Black History Month & the Golden West Hotel
http://www.centralcityconcern.org/blog/2010/02/february-black-history-month-the-golden-west-hotel/
(~_~)
“Blacks have a 375-year history on this continent:
245 involving slavery,
100 involving legalized discrimination,
And only 30 involving anything else….”
As historian roger wilkins has pointed out (wilkins, 1995)
(~_~)
Black History Film “Local Color” Re-released
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/black-history-film-%E2%80%9Clocal-color%E2%80%9D-rereleased/
(~_~)
“But Such Is The Irresistible Nature Of Truth, That All It Asks, And All It Wants, Is The Liberty Of Appearing”
(~_~)
Most Racist City
http://www.african-american-historical-district.com/GOLDEN_WEST_PROJECT.html
(~_~)
A little more light on little-known history
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2008/08/a_little_more_light_on_littlek.html
(~_~)
Black History Film “Local Color” Re-released
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/black-history-film-%E2%80%9Clocal-color%E2%80%9D-rereleased/
(~_~)
The Asian Reporter – Film Section – “LOCAL COLOR”
http://www.asianreporter.com/film/2009/06-localcolor.htm
(~_~)
PPS Curriculum Adoption: Oregon’s Racist Acts
http://goldenwest.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/pps-curriculum-adoption-oregons-racist-acts/
(~_~)
PRESERVES, PERPETUATES, PROMOTES AND INTEGRATES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
(~_~)
“Racism is a by-product of Capitalism”
- Fred Hampton -
 
This 1991 OPB documentary chronicles the little known history of racism in Oregon and the moving story of people, both black and white, who worked for civil rights. Jon Tuttle was a news reporter in Portland for most of his life but said he was unaware of much of this history until late in his career. He set out to document the story but found he was almost too late as some of the important participants had died and others were getting on in age.
(~_~)
From: Jeff Douglas [mailto:JDouglas@opb.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:50 PM
To: WILL BENNETT
Subject: Re: “LOCAL COLOR”
Hi Will,
We haven’t been keeping a real accurate tally but, as near as we can figure it, OPB has donated around 350 copies of Local Color  to libraries, schools & civic organizations.  We are also working to make the program available to watch on-line.
Jeff

LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE

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On 9/13/10 3:28 PM, “WILL BENNETT”
wrote:
Jeff =
Thanks….
how do I find out just how many copies have been distributed from OPB?
Peace
Will b.
PRESERVES, PERPETUATES, PROMOTES AND INTEGRATES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
®All rights reserved.®
WILL BENNETT
COMMUNITY PRACTITIONER/ FUTURIST/HISTORIAN
AT LARGE
Ph:503.913.9807/willbe1960@gmail.com
(~_~) be in one’s own dignity (~_~)

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World Arts Foundation Inc. is now on Facebook


Website:http://www.wafinc.org/

Mission:World Arts Foundation, Inc. was established in 1978 in Portland, Oregon to promote and preserve African-American contributions to the American culture, and to support community education through the interface of arts and education in interactive, visual and performing media that showcases local and regional talent. Through our year-round work, World Arts establishes linkages between artists and the wider community that provide increased opportunities for enhanced knowledge and awareness.Company Overview:World Arts Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit EQUAL OPPORTUNITY organization focusing on cultural diversity… through the promotion of visual, literary and theater arts.Products:”Keep Alive the Dream” is now recognized as the largest tribute in the State of Oregon and has official designation from the National Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission.

World Arts Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit EQUAL OPPORTUNITY organization focusing on cultural diversity… through the promotion of visual, literary and theater arts.
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