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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

"The Truth Has Set Her Free"

We hope you saw the Willamette Week cover article, "The Truth Has Set Her Free," today.

The piece, about Avel Gordly's recently-released memoir, "Remembering the Power of Words," includes a series of excerpts from the book, an interview with Avel, and a number of great photographs from throughout her life.

This coming Monday, April 4, Avel and co-author Patricia Schechter, a Professor at Portland State University will be at Powell's to sign copies of the memoir and discuss the book.

"As the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate," Henry Stern writes, "Avel Gordly has a unique perspective on politics in a state that's only had eight African-Americans serve in the Legislature during its 152-year history."

Monday, Gordly and Schechter were featured by PSU's Center for Women Politics & Policy as part of its Abigail Scott Duniway Speaker Series, and they will also be at the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church for its 60th anniversary celebration on April 17.