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Avel Gordly Day Proclaimed

City Council honors longtime civil rights leader

City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (right) honors former State Sen. Avel Gordly by sponsoring a resolution before the Portland City Council proclaiming Wednesday, March 30 as Avel Gordly Day.


Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty led a city council session Wednesday proclaiming March 30 to be Avel Gordly Day. The longtime civil rights leader, legislator, and community organizer joined friends and family for this well deserved recognition.


Avel Louise Gordly was born in 1947 in Portland, to Beatrice and Fay Lee Gordly, a working-class family. Her father was a Union Pacific Pullman Porter. She went on to serve with the American Friends Service Committee, Black United Front, and later as State Representative and the first Black woman State Senator from 1991-2009.

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