Mayor Ted Wheeler today requested the flag at Portland City Hall to be flown at half-staff in honor of the late Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel, in response to requests from Governor Kate Brown and Dr. Bethel’s family. Dr. Bethel passed away on December 20 at the age of 67.
Dr. Bethel served as a pastor and civil rights leader in Portland, advancing a vision of unity, equity and shared prosperity. Dr. Bethel advanced this vision in a variety of ways, including serving on the Board of Directors for TriMet, Portland Parks & Recreation, Oregon League of Minority Voters and as President of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.
“Portland and Oregon are stronger, more resilient and more united because of Dr. Bethel’s lifelong work,” Mayor Wheeler said. “Dr. Bethel’s legacy and vision will carry on for generations because he was an influential leader that built bridges across differences, envisioned solutions to our City’s challenges, and invited and challenged all of us in enhancing and enforcing civil rights protections for all.”
The flag will be lowered to half-staff at 11:30 am today.