February 24, 2011
Portland native Avel Gordly encountered significant obstacles as a young person, but supportive family members and a connection with school helped her shape a path for herself first as a Portland State University student, community organizer, and young political activist, then as an Oregon State Representative, and finally as a State Senator, a position she held for 12 years.
In "Remembering the Power of Words," co-authored by Nick's wife, PSU Professor Patricia Schechter, Gordly recalls her experience growing up in Portland and as an influential figure in our state legislature.
Today, she is a Professor in PSU's Black Studies program, where she took courses decades ago. And she is once again a community organizer in North Portland, helping inspire a new generation of leaders.
In a story in today's Portland Tribune, Steve Law calls the book is "a compelling tale of Portland and of one woman who overcame the odds to make a lasting mark on her community."
Four upcoming readings will offer the opportunity to speak with Avel and Professor Schechter:
- Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Oregon Historical Society, 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, Mar. 9 at the Lloyd Center Barnes & Noble, 7:00 pm
- Sunday, Mar. 27 at the Highland Christian Center Bookstore, 12:30 pm
- Monday, April 4 at Powell's on W Burnside, 7:30 pm