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Kathryn Bogle

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Kathryn Hall Bogle

When she was hired, in 1941, to work for the U.S. Employment Service in Portland, Kathryn Bogle was only the second black woman in Portland to hold a position in government service.  Publicly outspoken about the media’s racist stereotypes of African Americans, Bogle published an article in the Oregonian that outlined the racial discrimination she experienced as a school-age child and as a young women searching for work. With that article, Bogle became the first Black person to be published with a byline by the Oregonian.  In the late 1940’s, Bogle worked with her colleagues in the League of Women Voters and other civil rights organizations to pass the Public Accommodation Law in 1953. Bogle worked for many years at the Boys and Girls’ Aid Society, then for Good Samaritan Hospital, retiring at the age of 72.  After that, she volunteered at the League of Women Voters, and was active on a committee to preserve the Golden West Hotel, an historic place in the life of Portland’s African American community.  She wrote

for local newspapers, including a column for the Portland Observer and then for The Oregonian, the Downtowner, and the Skanner.

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