This article was produced in collaboration with The Skanner News. For 35 years, The Skanner has reported local news on the issues that matter to African Americans across the Northwest.
The Albina District: The heart of the African American community
The historic heart of Portland’s African American community is the Albina district of North and Northeast Portland. This is where you will find civic institutions such as the Urban League of Portland and the Portland Trail Blazers Boys and Girls Club, as well as beauty stores, barbers, African groceries, music and dance clubs. Come on over and see us for a real Portland welcome.
Reflections Café and Talking Drum Books is a great place to find out what’s going on in Portland. Reflections hosts community events every week.
View multicultural art exhibits, dance and performance at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.
Find unique style at fashion designer Kenneth Doswell’s Betty Jean Couture.
Check out the Black Resource Collection at the North Portland Library.
Leisure Hour Golf, a multicultural organization with a focus on involving the African American community, hosts events for golfers of all backgrounds and skill levels at Portland’s many excellent golf courses.
Food and drink
Located atop a hill in northeast Portland’s Hollywood district, Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar features an elegant dining room and live jazz, R&B and blues in the bar.
Podnah’s Pit has been a Portland favorite for its hardwood-smoked Texas-style barbecue since 2006.
The Conga Club features R&B, old school and slow jams every Sunday night.
Since 1921, Billy Webb’s Elks Lodge has served the African American community as a YWCA, a USO club and a safe haven for those fleeing the Vanport floods in the 1940s.
Jimmy Mak’s, called “one of the world’s top 100 places to hear jazz” by Down Beat magazine, features noted national and local performers, including legendary jazz drummer Mel Brown, who is in residence three nights a week.
Black-owned Green Cab and Green Shuttle provides taxicabs, airport shuttles, group tours, senior transportation and delivery services.
- KBOO 90.7 – An eclectic mix of hip-hop, politics, Afrobeat and more
- Wild 107.5 – Party hits
- KMHD 89.1 – Jazz
- KOPB 91.5 – Oregon Public Broadcasting