50th anniversary of first sit-in of the civil rights movement in Seattle.
Posted on July 1, 2013 by Megan Hill
Fifty years ago today, 35 young people held Seattle’s first sit-in of the civil rights movement.
HistoryLink.org has the details:
On July 1, 1963, 35 young people stage the first sit-in of the civil rights movement in Seattle in the offices of Mayor Gordon S. Clinton. They are protesting the composition of a 12-member human rights commission proposed by Clinton. They occupy the mayor’s offices for 24 hours before leaving. There are no incidents and no arrests.
Mayor Clinton had asked the city council to establish a human rights commission that would write an open housing ordinance. Racial discrimination in housing in Seattle was a major source of discontent among African Americans. Clinton’s nominees for the commission included only two African Americans.
For the rest of the story, visit HistoryLink.org’s website.
Omari on July 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm said:
MY YOUNGER BROTHER FRED GARRETT WAS ONE OF THOSE 35 IN THE SIT-IN. HE WAS LATER THE REGIONAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR ON THE TRAIN RUNNING DOWN MARTIN LUTHER KING WAY. HE HAS BEEN LIVING IN THAILAND FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AND WILL BE BACK IN SEATTLE SOMETIME THIS MONTH. MY OLDEST BROTHER TOM GARRETT PLAYED WITH JIMI HENDRIX BEFORE HE LEFT SEATTLE. MY FATHER H.L. GARRETT (HOLBROOK LAWRENCE GARRETT) WAS THE FIRST BLACK ELECTRICAL ENGINEER IN THE ENTIRE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (WASHINGTON, OREGON, IDAHO, MONTANA) IN 1941 AND A FOUNDER OF LIBERTY BANK (24TH AND UNION IN 1968).
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir FIRST SMALL SCRAMBLING BLACK QUARTERBACK (GARFIELD HIGH AND SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1963 -1965,ALL CONFERENCE IN BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL), FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER, CO-CHAIR OF BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION (1970 TO PRESENT). AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT WORLD TRAVELED HISTORIAN AND 67 YEAR RESIDENT OF AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT (1809-26TH AVE. 1946 TO 1965, PURCHASE HOME AT AGE 19 AT 424-24TH AVE EAST 1966 TO 1986, RESIDENTIAL OCCUPIER OF COLMAN SCHOOL FOR AFRICAN MUSEUM FROM 1985 TO JUNE 4TH 1998 ( REMOVED BY UNLAWFUL SEATTLE POLICE SWAT TEAM BACKED UP BY TANK). THE LONGEST OCCUPATION AND ACT OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN US HISTORY.