Prof. James Harrison

James Stanley Harrison has taught history and humanities courses at Portland Community College (Cascade Campus) since 1993.  After receiving his BA, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Subsequently, he earned an MA in US and African History from the City College of New York, worked as a college counselor, and taught high school in Portland for 18 years.  He is a founding member of the Vanport Mosaic Festival steering committee and frequently makes presentations to school and community groups.  He is currently writing a comprehensive history of the World War II-era federal housing community of Vanport City. He was featured on the 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience documentary "Vanport."

Author's Entries

  • Evelyn Crowell (1936–2017)

    Evelyn Crowell was one of the first professional Black librarians in the City of Portland. A community-based activist, she was a promoter of African American culture and history and an energetic motivator, especially for Black students. Evelyn I. Crowell was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on March 17, 1936. Her …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Richard “Dick” Bogle (1930–2010)

    Dick Bogle was a multi-talented Oregonian and humanitarian who dedicated his adult life to service in the Portland area. The great-grandson of Northwest pioneers, Bogle was a modern pacesetter—one of the first Black police officers in Portland, the first Black television newscaster in the Northwest, and the second Black city …

    Oregon Encyclopedia