Portland activist Demetria Hester travels part of Underground Railroad: ‘People who care about Black
Oregon On Live By Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Updated May 26, 2021; Posted May 26, 2021
May 25 was a weighty date for Demetria Hester.
It marked one year since George Floyd’s murder — and four years since Jeremy Christian attacked Hester, now a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, at a MAX station in Portland.
Christian would go on to stab three men the next day, killing two of them, in a horrific attack that drew international condemnation.
Hester, 47, marked the anniversary of Floyd’s death and Christian’s initial attack in Buffalo, New York — her latest stop on a cross-country journey to visit sites significant to Black history and the abolition of slavery.