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John Reed

Portland's most famous radical

A bench in Washington Park is the only memorial in the United States dedicated to journalist John Reed who reported on the Bolshevik Revolution. Reed's book is called "Ten Days That Shook the World" and it talks about the experience. The book was made into the film called "Reds" in the 1980s.

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Michael Munk

Retired Political Scientist

Michael Munk was born in Prague in 1934 and escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia to Portland in 1939. His political activity began in the 1950s, when he became a local opponent of nuclear testing as well as a promoter of a Portland concert from Paul Robeson. He received his PhD in Politics from New York University, taught political science for more than twenty-five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Roosevelt University in Chicago and Rutgers University before retiring in Portland. He is author of The Portland Red Guide (Ooligan Press, 2007), as well as articles in Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Portland Alliance and more.

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