Black History Month at Lloyd EcoDistrict


By Kristin Leiber

Louisa Flowers, 1872.

Black History Month serves as a chance to celebrate the contributions of the Black community, both throughout history and today. At Lloyd EcoDistrict, we want to uplift the legacy of several notable Black community members with history in Lloyd, like Louisa Flowers, an early activist and civic leader, and Keaton Otis, a young man fatally shot by police in 2010 whose life is honored by a monthly vigil to this day.

Black History Month also serves as a time to explore larger systemic issues and historic injustices done to people of color throughout history and, specific to our work, in the way communities were formed, disinvested, or destroyed in cities across the nation and in our own backyards.

This Black History Month, we invite the Lloyd EcoDistrict community to support local Black leaders, businesses, and artists by participating in Black History Month cultural events, by shopping and dining out, and by witnessing local stories.

Albina Vision Trust Community Investment Plan.
In the Lloyd area, several Black-led organizations are doing important work deserving of your support, attention, and dollars. 
  • Albina Vision Trust is creating Black generation wealth and a vibrantly diverse community anchored by public spaces and civic & cultural events.

  • PDX Black Excellence provides opportunities to bring both new and existing Black Portlanders together in an inclusive, positive and enriching environment.

  • Black Resilience Fund fosters healing and resilience by providing immediate and direct financial assistance to Black Portlanders.

  • Black & Beyond the Binary Collective builds the leadership, healing, and safety of Black-African transgender, queer, nonbinary, two-spirit, and intersex (TQN2SI+) Oregonians.

Here are some Black-owned businesses in Lloyd deserving of your patronage as well.
Mama Pauline’s African Market: 4606 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
  • Capitol Bar on NE Broadway is a craft cocktail bar with patio, room rentals, & karaoke.

  • Mumbo Gumbo PDX – MODA sells Cajun and Creole food just a block outside of Lloyd.

  • Joe Brown’s Carmel Corn located in the Lloyd Center, first began in 1932 and sells flavored popcorn, nuts, candy, cookies, cotton candy and more.

  • Southern Kitchen PDX is a food cart on Mississippi Ave that features a healthy take on ribs, red beans and rice, and other Southern-style comfort foods.

  • Welcome to JamRock is another food cart on Mississippi Ave that serves authentic Jamaican food.

  • Mama Pauline’s African Market sells African and Caribbean foods and beauty products that are scarce in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Way of Being sells reusable everyday items that reduces our single use plastic consumption.

  • Benchmark Information Technology is a Black, woman-owned IT company to help you with all your technology needs.

We at Lloyd EcoDistrict recognize the need to center equity at the heart of any conversation around healthy, sustainable, resilient communities of the future. It is important to acknowledge the history of Black communities within Lloyd, specifically the history of displacement within Lower Albina. We strive to incorporate BIPOC representation at every level of leadership in community building, and that includes in our own organization. We are also constantly seeking out opportunities to advocate for and partner with organizations doing good work in building resilience, access, and equity in Portland, including several opportunities which we will share in the coming months.

As we celebrate Black History Month, today and every day, it is vital for all of us to weave together the threads of the past, present, and future to do our part in fostering inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities for all neighbors.