Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev’ry Voice

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African Americans -- Civil rights -- Oregon -- Portland -- History -- 20th century, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century, Social movements -- Oregon -- Portland -- 20th century, Civil rights -- Oregon -- Portland -- 20th century, Albina (Portland, Or.), Social justice


Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev'ry Voice explores Portland's African American history with a focus on the turbulent 1960s, '70s and early '80s. At the time, issues surrounding urban renewal, school desegregation and brittle police relations were exploding both nationally and locally.

This OPB Oregon Experience documentary features items from the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection in Portland State University Library Special Collections. Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev’ry Voice also includes interviews with Charlotte Rutherford, donor of the Rutherford Family Collection, and Senator Avel Gordly, who has placed her papers with us, as well as PSU faculty members Dr. Darrell Millner of Black Studies and Dr. Karen Gibson of Urban Studies and Planning.

Watch the documentary on OPB or online through their website.

And listen to Charlotte Rutherford discuss the family materials she donated to PSU Library.

For more information about PSU Library collections relevant to African American history in Portland, please see the following resources:

Say We Are Here: Selections from the Verdell A. Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection

Selected Materials from the Rutherford Family Collection

African American History in Oregon: PSU Library Special Collections

PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives


Oregon Experience: Season 9 Episode 903 | 1h 22m 25s | Aired: 04/20/15 | Rating: TV-G

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