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Canadian Black History:

1953; Clarence Clemons, a 52 year old Black man was handcuffed and then brutally beaten by Vancouver Police Officers. Why was he beaten? “He refused to move on while waiting on a street corner for his wife”. 

He was paralyzed by the attack and died 5 months later in hospital.

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On this day in 1986, Expo 86 opened in Vancouver

After eight years of planning, a major change in direction, and a mad dash to get all the pavilions completed in time, Expo 86 opened on May 2, 1986.

“The Party’s On!” read a banner on the front of The Vancouver Sun that day. “We Welcome World.”

The Sun’s reporters and columnists had been reporting on the fair’s troubles for years. But on opening day, the paper was an unabashed fan — the May 2 logo was changed to read “The Expo 86 Vancouver Sun.” It paid off, as the paper sold an extra 27,000 copies.

Unfortunately, it rained on opening day, and was rather cold. But the weather failed to dampen the spirits of fairgoers, as 107,000 people came out to take in Vancouver’s first world’s fair.

“It had a prince and a princess, a prime minister and three premiers,” read a Sun story. “It had head-spinning rides, fireworks and traffic jams. It had umbrellas, aerobatic jet planes, marching bands, magicians and 107,000 clicks on the turnstiles. It even had a 65,000-strong standing ovation for chairman Jim Pattison at BC Place Stadium. Expo had it all on opening day.”

Prince Charles officially opened the fair at 4 p.m. at BC Place, just before the RCAF’s Snowbirds synchronized flying team thundered overhead. Still, Sun reporter Gordon Hamilton wrote that while “the Prince and Princess of Wales were the stars of Expo Friday, the fair belonged to Jimmy (Pattison).”

“Everywhere he went, people stopped him and congratulated him,” Hamilton reported. “Some criticized the long lineups and he promised to look into them. He was open, chatting with the people who had come to his show. He was Mr. Expo, the perfect host, and everybody was going to have a good time.”

This included an American woman who wanted a refund for her son when a pavilion wasn’t ready. Pattison told her the policy was no refunds, but reached into his pocket and gave her $20.

“Give him this $20 and tell him to enjoy the fair,” said Pattison.

The woman protested: “But Mr. Pattison, there are three in my son’s family.” So he gave her another $40.

The weather eventually turned sunny, and Expo 86 went on to become a huge success.

Initially, organizers had hoped for 14 million visitors. They got 22 million.

The second annual International Women’s Festival Pacific Northwest at Clark College on Saturday, March 11, 2017 will feature continental breakfast, lunch and catered treats throughout the day, five speakers sharing their stories of empowerment, interactive workshops, and artisans in the vendor hall. Patty DeDominic, founding mother of The International Women’s Festivals and Obama Lifetime Achievement Award Winner will share a welcome message after the opening circle ceremony performed by a local tribe.

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Join HAHD Portland in setting up for the 2017 International Women’s Festival!

The Pacific Northwest branch of an International non-profit organization sole purpose is to celebrate and empower women during Women’s History month and around International Women’s Day.