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The Links Honor Black History

Virtual running and walking events support scholarships

An Alabama state trooper grabs a woman as police break up the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march pressing for voter registration rights for Black Americans across the South. The violent response by police became known as “Bloody Sunday.” (AP photo)

Portland’s chapter of The Links, Inc., a not-for-profit Black women’s service organization dedicated to racial and social uplift of people of African descent through charitable work, is sponsoring virtual running and walking events during Black History Month to support scholarships to students in the African American community.

The group’s second annual Race to Equality 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and 54 mile Selma-to-Montgomery Challenge are online events this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each runner or walker will receive an official Race to Equality finishers’ technical shirt, a 4 inch medal, a buff (great to use as a mask when needed) and a swag bag.

In addition, $10 from each entry will be donated to the Portland Links to provide educational programs and provide scholarships to local young adults of color.

The cost to register for Race to Equality is $55. Overall and age group awards will be provided to top finishers and all runners/walkers will receive a finishers’ certificate. Race distances must be completed by Feb. 28. To register and for more information, visit .



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