Honoring Senator Carter, Judge Brown

October 23, 2009 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., will honor Oregon State Senator Margaret Carter, Judge Aaron Brown, Jr., and resident Corene Harris at a November 12, 2009 award luncheon to be held at the recently-renovated Urban Plaza building.

At this time of exceptional challenges, especially those faced by African-Americans, PCRI is proud to celebrate the contributions made to our community and the accomplishments of Senator Carter, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and Judge Brown, Oregon’s first African-American judge.  PCRI is also honored to pay tribute to the strength and grace of resident Corene Harris and will unveil newly-commissioned portraits of Mrs. Harris and Judge Brown at the luncheon.  These portraits will join existing ones, including Senator Carter’s, at the entrance of the Urban Plaza building.Urban League Entry

“I am honored to acknowledge Senator Carter,” said PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, citing Senator Carter’s dedication to make housing available for people who needed it, especially at the Urban Plaza building.  “And Judge Brown—he is one of those historical figures you hear about.  Anybody you mention his name to has an exciting story about his courage and the things he did.”  Ms. Fitzpatrick also gave praise to Mrs. Harris, saying “she’s the gas that keeps our engine going.”

The luncheon also celebrates the completion of two years of renovations to the Urban Plaza building.  PCRI partnered with Portland Development Commission, Albina Community Bank, Multnomah County, Kismet Design and Terrafirma Building for the rehabilitation of Urban Plaza’s common areas and affordable residential rentals.

Due to space constraints, the event is by invitation only.  Please contact us for more information or check back for event photos and stories.

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