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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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

(~_~)
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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Golden West Project…a model for other communities to follow


African Roots Podcast #72 August 13, 2010

From: Angela Walton-Raji [mailto:africanrootspodcast@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:15 AM
To: portland.black.history@gmail.com
Subject: Golden West to be Featured on African Roots Podcast
Hello Mr. Bennett,
I just wanted to let you know that this Friday, in my weekly podcast for the African Roots Podcast, I shall feature your website in my podcast. My site is the only weekly podcast devoted to African American History and Genealogy, and I have visited your site on Portland’s rich black history.
I update the podcast every week, and you will be able to access it on Friday at anytime at: http://AfricanRootsPodcast.com/ Seek to 20:57 for Golden West Project
Warm regards,
— Angela Walton-Raji –

Author, lecturer and researcher. Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedman’s Association, Poteau Valley Genealogical Association and PAAC-Preservation of African American Cemeteries

Seek to 20:57 for Golden West Project

African Roots Podcast #72 August 13, 2010

Angela Y. Walton-Raji on August 13th, 2010
This Week’s Pod Cast

Seek to 20:57 for Golden West Project

GOLDEN WEST HOTEL EXHIBIT IS NOW ONLINE

source: African Roots Podcast.com

I want to direct you to a great website brought to my attention this past week by a young man Mr. Will Bennett from Portland Oregon. The site is called the Golden West Project: Black in Portland History.  He is presenting the history of the city in a great way and he has also brought together other good sites that reflect this rich history of a vibrant community that thrived against the odds.

His site links to a larger site African American Historical District. Another very interesting site was Central City Concern. There is an audio file with two gentlemen recording their own memories of the hotel and life in Portland. The hotel served as a center of African American social life until the hotel’s closure in 1931.  It later reopened again and operated till 1959 as a hotel catering exclusively to a black clientèle.

I mention this site, because much of the data includes information on activities that surrounded the heart of Black social life in Portland, which was the Golden West Hotel—the only hotel that catered to an African American clientele for decades.  Apparently several years ago, the hotel reopened, and serves as a focal point for much of the black history of Portland.  The hotel was built in the19th century, opening originally as the Tremont hotel.  By 1905 it became the largest Pacific Coast hotel that hosted African Americans.  It was the only hotel in Oregon for African Americans for several decades, it was a destination site for many blacks in the community—including it becoming a place to go “after church”, catering to the local community.

I will also point out that the folks in Portland also have a Facebook community.  I found myself learning a lot about Portland and an amazing spirit that seems to come from there.  The websites as well as seeing them on Facebook and in general celebrating their history, is to me a model for others who are documenting their communities. I mention these sites in particular, because they have taken their local history, confronted  it, and presented it online, reflecting the history and challenges of a proud African American community.  It is this kind of site that can become a model for other communities to follow.

Tell the stories, bring out the old photos.  I know that there are many historically black high schools that have closed since the 1960s and many of them have active alumni organizations.  In Ft. Smith Arknasas, there was a recent Lincoln High School reunion.  In Ardmore Oklahoma there is the Dunbar-Douglas Reunion, in places like Muskogee and Tulsa there are reunions for Manual Training High School, and Booker T. Washington, and on and on, throughout the country.  These schools, these churches, these businesses such as the Golden West, were often the center of the city’s social life for the black community, and sometimes by embracing the city’s history, one can gain so much knowledge about the people who were part of those communities.  Look at your own community and wherever the community’s center of activity occurred, it’s time to research it, talk about it, tell the story, create a website, go on Facebook and create a community and celebrate who you are.

Use Golden West as a model.  Appreciate the info that is there—but then look at it again—but this time for the structure.  Look at what has been compiled—I am sure that your own communities have stories, that though unique, can be presented in a similar pattern.   I was very impressed to have a chance to admire the work of Mr. Bennett, and hope that he will inspire others to tell the stories of their hometown as well.  No matter how large, or how small.  If you live in a really large city like Chicago—then tell the story of the old family neighborhood.  You don’t have to try to become the next DuSable museum—-tell your own neighborhood history instead.  Lots of opportunities and with Mr. Bennetts’s site of the Golden West, you have a great model to follow.

Well that’s it for this week, folks.  Have a great week, and please keep doing what you do.

Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

GOLDEN WEST HOTEL EXHIBIT IS NOW ONLINE

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Michael “Chappie” Grice, Awarded The National Human & Civil Rights Trent Council Award


Source: Kenneth W. Berry’s Facebook 2010/07
Friends, We, in the company of World Arts Foundation, Inc., are delighted to announce that our friend, Michael “Chappie” Grice, will be awarded the national Human & Civil Rights Trent Council Award on Friday, July 2, in New Orleans. A seasoned teacher and administrator for more than 40 years, many feel Mr. Grice is deserving. Join me in thanking Michael “Chappie” Grice for his contributions and celebrating his recognition. When asked about the award, Mr. Grice is quick to acknowledge his mentors and teachers, especially his dad. He is just a s quick to acknowledge his friends and family who support his work. Known for leadership and compassion for youth, he is writing his first teacher education textbook “Hustlin’ Backwards: Precisely What Not To Do In Public Education and Why.” His two earlier documentary films were screened in the San Francisco Black Film Festival. This year, in addition to teaching mathematics through aviation and airway science for middle school youngsters, he will produce the Youth Film component of the Portland African American Film Festival in November. With his shrinking leisure time, he likes to golf and spend time with his two “granboys.” Of course, planning for the next “Keep Alive the Dream” MLK, Jr. Tribute starts about now. Looking ahead, Mr. Grice expects World Arts Foundation, Inc. to collaborate with others, convert the twenty-five plus years successful MLK, Jr. Tributes, and myriad effective practices, to supply more answers and more effective strategies for teachers, families, and youth in public education. We invite you to see the new intersection at www.wafinc.org. World Arts Foundation, Inc. is… “Working hard at the intersection of education and the arts.”
Kate Lore I just happened to be at the NEA Human & Civil Rights Awards dinner in New Orleans dinner last Friday when Chappie received this award. I was dumbfounded by the fact that I had never met this fellow Portlander. I am so impressed by what he’s been doing!
Michael Morris Love you michael keep up all that you do…. Were proud of you!
Jada Sims Congratulations Mr. Grice. Well deserved.
Kevin Menten Congrats Chappie! proud of you FIL
Tamisha White It feels good to have a cousin that has done so much for our educational system. Much love Chappie!!!!
Joe Bean Keller Proud of you Chappie, and you deserve it and many more, Cold one is on me!!!!!!!!!
Danny A Bell Then I am assuming you gentlemen will be joining the Southen Christian Leadership Conferences Portland Chapter. Since what Dr King is central so what you in the community. Job well done. One can not argue with success. Can one? Dan Bell, President, Portland ChapterSothen Christian leadership Confernece
Roslyn Wilder Congrads to you Sir.Grice””KEEP LIVING THE DREAM”
Jomo D. M. Greenidge CHAP…keep on, keep on.
Stephania Hurst What a deserved honor Congrats !!
Robin Ace Congratulations Chappie You deserve this award. On top of that r u jw Friday Joe Bean Ken Berry Geoffrey Brooks still trying to get me on sei full time come fall? Maybe this is not the right time to ask but I did anyway
J.W. Friday My Mentor, Brother and Friend. Congrats 12th Street!
Darlene Warren CONGRATULATIONS! Such an honor.
Mary Harvey Michael, a well deserved honor. Congratulations.Waiting for the Film Festival in November.
Tamara Monique Walker CONGRATULATIONS!! SIR MICHAEL..No matter what we put our minds to if we have dedication, perseverance, compassion, wisdom, & knowledge, we can be that change we want to see, to make a difference in someone’s life, this community, and this world..thanks for being that one..Keeping Hope Alive!!
Clarence W Harper Jr Congratulations Brother Michael Grice. You Have Truly Earned This Award. We Are Extremely Proud of Your Accomplishments.

Berry-Grice MLK 2009 Appreciation Banquet for Volunteers & Staff @ Concordia University

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Esther “Alene” Grice


APRIL – 7 – 2010  PORTLAND OBSERVER

In loving memory: Esther ‘Alene’ Grice

Esther ‘Alene’ Grice

Esther “Alene” Grice was born Aug. 30, 1923, to Henry and Patsy Bills in DeKalb, Texas. She departed this earth for her heavenly home on March 30, 2010, capping a rich and beautiful journey.

The youngest of three sisters, Alene was always referred to by family as “Baby Sister.” Because her mother died giving birth to her only brother, Henry, she and her sisters were raised by their aunt and uncle, Lecci and Elbert Graves.

During the Great Depression, the family moved north to Chicago where she completed her elementary and high school education and where she met her husband, Leroy “Chappie” Grice of Portland, who at that time was in the U.S. Army. They were married and she gave birth to her first child, Lynda, in Chicago. After Chappie was honorably discharged from the military, the family moved to Portland and established a home on North Benton Street where Memorial Coliseum now sits. Here, she joined her sisters, Margaret and Helen and their families, who had also moved to Portland.

Alene was Portland’s first African American elevator operator thanks to the good work of the famed Urban League Director Bill Berry in 1948. Portland was very prejudiced at that time, but she weathered all that because she and her husband wanted “a better life” for their children.

Her second child, Michael, was born in that same year. Her third and last child, Asaad Ali, born as Mark Steven, came into the family in 1958. By that time, she was solidly employed for Joseph’s Plastics as a shipping clerk and later served as an employment specialist for the Urban League, and then, the city of Portland during the Model Cities era in the 1960s and 1970s. She is credited for helping place many of Portland’s African-American young people in their first “career” jobs.

She was an active person and belonged to St. Monica’s Guild of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church. Although she could not finish college, she highly valued education, was an avid reader of novels, and enjoyed her volunteer years at Beach Elementary.

The balance of her retirement was divided between her social and service club, the Social Odd Balls, and her grandchildren that she loved so dearly. She loved her husband and cherished the moments with her family. She was always known for her sumptuous cooking and holiday meals; and always found her home a gathering place for friends and family. She and Chappie enjoyed Jazz and traveled each year to the Monterey Jazz festival, until he passed away in 1980.

Alene Grice will long be remembered for her loving ways, effervescent personality, and especially superb fried chicken. She is survived by her children, Lynda, Michael and Asaad; her daughters-in-law, Gwendolyn and Amina; her grandchildren, Traci Lynn (Mike), Toi Alletash (Kevin), Joi Alene (Harvey), Taj Amir, Rafi Khan, and Muhammad; her great-grandchildren, Cole, Cameron, Maija and Alek; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues, and distinguished citizens.
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African-American Historic District in Portland’s Old Town


“Golden West Hotel” As Center Piece”

Working With The Future Mayor’s Office…
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take note that this is only one of  few Historic Districts to be proposed…

here’s a preview. “Action Central Was Williams Avenue”

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“Golden West Hotel AS Center Piece”

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History of the Golden West Hotel | Central City Concern

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