William McClendon


William McClendon was a writer, activist, and jazz musician who founded the Portland Observer (later the People’s Observer) in about 1938 in order to cover news in the black community that the Oregonian and Journal were ignoring. He is shown here with Mary Kay Rowland in a publicity photo for the NAACP TV Freedom Spectacular on May 14, 1965. Learn more about William McClendon from the Oregon Encyclopedia https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/mcclendon_william/#.Ww2JIO4vxaQ

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May 14, 1965



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  • Org. Lot 721 accession 12586 / Photo Acc. # 991D024

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