NAACP opens new office in Northeast Portland

E.D. Mondaine, president of Portland’s branch of the NAACP, cuts the ribbon on the organization's new office inside the Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland. (KATU Photo)

Wednesday was a day of reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. It was also a special time for Portland’s African American community.

The Portland chapter of the NAACP held a ribbon cutting for its new office, the first in the city in 30 years.

It’s located on the second floor of the Lloyd Center mall next to Marshalls.

And by being in Northeast Portland, it’s also an area that was once home to a much larger black population.

“This is where our community was, and this was the bulk of our community until we were displaced and moved into, what they call, the numbers. So I’m so happy to be here as a part of the fingerprint and part of the continual existence of our legacies, our heritage,” said E.D. Mondaine, president of Portland’s branch of the NAACP.

NAACP officials hope the new office and its high visibility will put them in a better position to fight racial injustice.

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