Contributed By:

Kate McMahon


OPB | Jan. 17, 2011 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 9:50 p.m.

1948 was the year President Harry Truman integrated the United States armed forces. Three years later, Oregon passed a law that legalized interracial marriage; and in the 1970s Portland students were bussed across town during the desegregation era of public schools.

This Monday marks the 25th year since Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday was first officially observed. The day commemorates what King stood for: to advance equal rights for all Americans. On Monday’s program we’ll hear from people who have first-hand stories about integration.

Do you have experience with integration or desegregation? Were you part of the civil rights movement? Tell us your stories.


  • Lew Frederick: Supporter of the 25th Annual MLK Jr. Breakfast
  • Martha Rutherford: Wife in an interracial marriage for nearly 52 years
  • Skipper Osborne: 1967 Graduate of Jefferson High School
  • Oralee Stiles: Former member of Portland’s Community Coalition for School Integration


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