The Advocate (Portland, Oregon)

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The Advocate was a weekly newspaper in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon,[1] established to cover issues relating to racial minorities. It was founded in 1903 and is believed to have run until 1933, the latest date for which microfilm is available.[2]

In its early days it was known as the Mt. Scott Herald (published in Lents from 1913 to 1924) and possibly as the Beaver State Herald (published in Gresham and Montavilla).[3]


In 1912, Beatrice Morrow came to Portland and married Advocate editor Edward Cannady.[4] At the time, Portland had an African American population of barely 1,000, and Beatrice Morrow Cannady quickly became involved in civil rights issues, including protesting the showing of The Birth of a Nation.[4] Along with continuing to work on The Advocate and giving hundreds of talks and presentations, Cannady graduated from the Northwestern College of Law in 1922, and she worked to remove racist language from the Oregon Constitution.[4] She was finally successful in 1927.[4] She continued her work in Oregon through the 1930s, when she moved to California.[4]