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PCC Cascade b-ball court to honor Harold Williams Sr.

COURTESY OF PCC - PCC officials dedicated on Dec. 2 the Cascade Campus basketball court for longtime college board member Harold C. Williams Sr.Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus basketball court has been renamed to honor longtime PCC Board member Harold C. Williams Sr.

The new court name was unveiled during a Dec. 2 ceremony at the campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St.

Harold C. Williams Sr. was a beloved figure in North and Northeast Portland, with a long history of activism and advocacy on behalf of residents from traditionally underrepresented communities. As a PCC Board member from 1991 to 2012, he guided successful passage of PCC's bond referendum in 1992, which transformed the Cascade campus. He did it again in 2008, when PCC passed another bond referendum that expanded the campus and boosted PCC's Southeast Campus.

In 2012, the Legislature honored Williams’ life and achievements with a joint resolution.

During the ceremony, Williams’ son and daughter told PCC officials and others that their father “believed that a man should have the love, respect and admiration of his family, friends, and peers."

“He had those things,” said Harold Williams Two. “And he was an example to the whole community of what a man should be.”

Williams Sr. was also a tireless supporter of PCC basketball, helping to save the program when budget troubles threatened college sports.

“This court, which we name in his honor today, is truly the court that Harold built,” said Karin Edwards, Cascade Campus president. "We owe him so much, and it's fitting that his name is inscribed here to forever remind future generations of the vision and leadership of Mr. Harold C. Williams Sr."