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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

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Black History Month

Coach PittmanMONDAY, FEB. 25 – Portland Parks & Recreation will honor longtime Peninsula Wrestling Club coach and North Portland icon Roy Pittman from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Peninsula Park Community Center,700 N. Rosa Parks Way, in the east gym.

Focused more on the process of growth and risk-taking than on winning, Pittman has worked with more than 60,000 young men and women. Many of them have won state, regional and national titles.

Peninsula Wrestling Club alumna and Milwaukie High School graduate Kelsey Campbell took part in the 2012 London Olympics women’s freestyle wrestling competition.

Coach Pittman has been a high school state champion, collegiate champion, Olympian, coach, mentor, motivator, inspirational speaker and dedicated community advocate, worked for Portland Parks & Recreation for more than 30 years. In 1970 he founded the Peninsula Wrestling Club, and helped place Portlandand PP&R on the national radar.

He retired in 2000, but stayed active with the Peninsula Wrestling Club, continuing nearly half a century of work. He is being honored this week as part of the Peninsula Centennial Celebration and Black History Month.

Coach Pittman continues to rent out space from Portland Parks & Recreation to run the wrestling program.

“Coach is an inspiration to all with his tireless dedication to youth and their families,” says Debbie Harris, PP&R recreation coordinator. “He has served Portland for five decades through his unwavering inspiration to the sport of wrestling; he reaches out to all, and has made his spectacular wrestling program a nationally recognized model of excellence.”

Coach Pittman is lauded for his unwavering dedication to help youths overcome any financial, transportation or other challenges and make sure that anyone who is interested can participate in his programs.

The East Gym a tPeninsula Park Community Center was dedicated and named for Coach Pittman in August 2007.

Pittman has held wrestling practices for youth at Peninsula Park Community Center five days per week year around. His wrestlers compete in out-of-state tournaments, and he holds an annual wrestling summer camp.

Find the Peninsula Park Community Center Facebook page at For more information, call (503) 823-5300 or visit


Spalding, Memory honored by city


Mayor Charlie Hales will proclaim Tuesday, Feb. 26, in honor of musician Esperanza Spalding and music educator Thara Memory.

The proclamation will happen at the City Council meeting.

Spalding, Memory

Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. Thara Memory is a longtime musician and educ

ator who has influenced many generations of creative artists in the Portland area.


Art Exhibition


The Black History Month Committee for the City of Portland presents, “Creating Community Artfully,” a community art show.

The event is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Community Room, Emmanuel Church, 1033 N. Sumner.

It’s a showcase of arts and poets celebrating African American culture, and building bridges between the community and City Hall.

The show also will honor the late musician Obo Addy.

The City Council proclaimed February to be Black History Month at the Feb. 5 meeting.


Freedom Banquet


Obo AddyThe NAACP Portland will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Red Lion Convention Center, Windows Ballroom,1021 N.E. Grand Ave.

This year’s theme, according to a release, is “Justice for All,” according to an Oregonian article by Larry Bingham. The event will include a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., with the dinner program from 7 to 10 p.m.

Keynote speakers include Lew Frederick, Oregon State Representative of Portland; Larry Miller, President, Nike Air Jordan; Ben Berry, Tuskegee Airman; the Rev. Craig Brown, Five Strings Partnership.

Tickets are $55, or a table of 10 for $500. They can be purchased online through or by emailing or


City Film Series


The Black History Month Film Series continues through February at various venues. The event is sponsored by the city’s Black History Month Committee.

Shows include:

• “Richard Wright: Black Boy” Part 2

This film focuses on the life, work and legacy of Mississippi-born writer Richard Wright. 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Plant, Hood Rooms,5001 N. Columbia Blvd.

• “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-75”, Part 2

During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 1960s and ’70s, Swedish television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power highlights the key figures and events in the movement.  Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 26, The Portland Building, 10th Floor, Pine Rooms,1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.

• “Franz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask”

A complex, perceptive meditation on the life and legacy of Frantz Fanon, an Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist and political activist whose writings have become essential texts for liberation movements everywhere. Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 27, Water Pollution Control Lab, Smith-Bybee Rooms, 6543 N Burlington Ave., St. Johns.

The City Council proclaimed February to be Black History Month at the Feb. 5 meeting.


Hunter-Gault speaks at PCC event


Portland Community College is welcoming an Emmy and Peabody award-winner to place an exclamation point on its Black History Month celebrations in February.Hunter-Gault

PCC’s Black History Month Celebration culminates around keynote speaker Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s visit at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Fred & Suzanne Fields Ballroom, Portland Art Museum,1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Hunter-Gault is an Emmy and Peabody award-winner, author and freelance journalist.

A reception is set from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Oregon Historical Society,1200 S.W. Park Ave., and will be followed by Hunter-Gault’s presentation at 7 p.m. at the art museum.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. Tickets for the event are available online for purchase at, or by calling PCC’s Office of Affirmative Action & Equity at (971) 722-5840.


Historical Society slates year of events


The Oregon Historical Society presents a year of public programs, exhibits, lectures, and events, focused on showcasing the rich history of Oregon’s black community.

The museum is at1200 S.W. Park downtown Portland.


Posal Service Honors Rosa Parks


Rosa Parks stampThe U.S. Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp on what would have been the late civil rights icon's 100th birthday.

The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale Monday (Feb. 4), and an oversized version was unveiled during the National Day of Courage celebration at The Henry Ford museum inDearborn.

The stamp bears an artist's rendering of a 1950s-era photo of Parks.

On hand for the event were (from left) Detroit Councilwoman Joann Watson; Lloyd Wesley, Jr.,Detroitpostmaster; Elaine Eason Steele, co-founder of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development; and Sen. Carl Levin. The unveiling took part at theMuseumofAfrican American HistoryinDetroiton Monday.

The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale Monday and was part of a series of events scheduled throughout the day to honor her. (AP Photo/TheDetroitNews, David Coates)