Groundbreaking Black Leaders Honored

Portland Trail Blazers spotlighted six leaders from the African American community in a Black History Month celebration during pregame and halftime activities Feb. 5 in a game against the Miami Heat at the Moda Center.

The honorees, representing ground-breaking firsts as top leaders in their professional fields, were Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw; Oregon Health & Sciences University President Dr. Danny Jacobs; Linfield College President Dr. Miles Davis; Meyer Memorial Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle J. DePass; Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Each recipient received a limited edition Trail Blazers gameday poster designed by local artist Edmund Holmes. A portion of the event’s proceeds were donated to iUrbanTeen, a group whose mission is to expose and inspire underrepresented youth to become tomorrow’s business and technology leaders.