THE LEGACY OF REV. DR. JOHN W. GARLINGTON JR. is a short documentary about an African American minister who crossed cultural barriers to make a positive impact during a tenuous time in Oregon's history.
Beyond his role as pastor of Maranatha Church, Rev. Garlington (1937 - 1986) was an enlightened, effective advocate for minority issues in North and Northeast Portland during the late 70s and early 80s. He and his wife, Yvonne, were killed in a car accident January, 1986 -- leaving everyone in a state of grief and shock.
Now almost 30 years later, hear from Rev. Garlington's daughter Tina, family friend Emmett Wheatfall, activist Ron Herndon and former Portland Police Chief Penny Harrington on what it was like to know and work with him.
Complete with historic TV news footage, home video and music recordings of Rev. Garlington, this piece highlights the reach of his involvement as "a moral force in Oregon" (The Oregonian, 1/18/1986).
Written and Produced by Amy Lewin
Edited by Chris Nolan, Nolan Videoworks
Videography by Chris Nolan, Andy Royer
Narrated by Bill Deiz
Music by Garlington Family Archives, Audio Jungle Music Library
Historic images used with permission from: Garlington Family Archives, Oregon Historical Society Moving Images Collection, KPTV, Oregonian Media Group, The Skanner News, The Portland Observer, Willamette Week, City of Portland Archives & Records and Ron Herndon.
Special thanks to the Garlington family and friends for their help and assistance.
Created and produced for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Garlington Center.
Find out more at: cascadiabhc.org/projects.