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Oral history interviews with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono (Transcript)

Transcript. Dozono discusses her early life in Portland, Oregon. She recounts her extended stay in Japan, her arranged Japanese marriage, and rural life and culture in Japan before and during the war. She also describes her family's experience in the United States living in Japanese relocation camps and details her family's life after the war and the challenges of readjusting to American society after living in Japan for 22 years.

Dozono, Yoneko

Oral history interview with Cindy Cumfer, by Erik Funkhouser and Tim Aguirre [Transcript]

Transcript. Cindy Cumfer discusses her involvement with the lesbian and women's communities in Portland, Oregon; her work as a civil rights attorney, particularly in the area of lesbian adoption; the AIDS epidemic and how it bridge the divide between the gay and lesbian communities; and her involvement with the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Cumfer, Cynthia

Oral history interviews with Norm Costa (Transcript)

Transcript. Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.

Costa, Norm

Oral history interviews with Frodo Okulam (Transcript)

Transcript. Frodo talks about her life as a lesbian, in the late 1960s onward. She discusses her gender identity as a child, dealing with her sexuality as a teen, how she got her name and what the Lord of the Rings meant to her, starting the Portland Chapter of the Tolkien Society of America, and her spirituality as a Wiccan and member of the MCC (Metropolitan Community Church).

Okulam, Frodo

“Innocent Fun or Social Shame?”

The Urban League of Portland provided this explanation against staging minstrel shows and blackface in schools. It was published in the Oregon Education Journal, c.1950. Edwin “Bill” Berry, who would later become the Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League, included a note addressing the teachers and principals who were “deeply hurt when the matter is discussed with them.” The goal of the essay, Berry wrote, was to educate as many teachers as possible so that the League’s “efforts will be preventative rather than remedial.”

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

Flyer for MLK Portland visit

The first page of the Urban League of Portland News Roundup newsletter, dated October 1961, announcing Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Portland on November 8, 1961, invited people to attend his speech at the Civic Auditorium (now the Keller) and to make a small donation to pay for his travel expenses. King was invited by the Urban League to participate in the Annual Equal Opportunity Day, which is still held every year.

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

The Case Against the Administration of the Housing Authority of Portland

A report produced by the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the fall of 1963. It lists grievances connected to racial discrimination, ethical violations, and general mismanagement at the Housing Authority of Portland.

Webb, Mayfield K.

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