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Umojafest 2018 – August 3 – August 5 / AfricaTown Heritage Parade

Attractions include the AfricaTown Heritage Parade featuring dance troops and drill teams, Children’s Day & Familly Fun Village, Soul N The Park, Afrobeats & Roots Stage, Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament & Hip Hop 4 Peace stage and delicious flavors of the African diaspora from restaurants, food trucks, vendor marketplace and community resource fair and more!

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Africatown Celebrating our History…Planning Our Future

Africatown Celebrating our History…Planning Our Future

Imagine Africatown Design Weekend

It was a great day in the Central District this past Sunday, July 8th. An estimated 300+ people came out for the Paint The Block Party creating a 30,000+ sq. ft. mural in honor of Black community that has called the Central District home for over 130 years and marking our place in the future of the Central District and Seattle. The paint party is helping to bring to life an interim activation that captures the essence of what community wants to see in the redeveloped 23rd & Union including space for Black community, culture, commerce.


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The project is being led by Africatown Central District Preservation & Development Association and Studio Zewde in collaboration with Urban Artworks and made possible by Africatown Community Land Trust, Lake Union Partners and Capitol Hill Housing with support from Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District, Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development, Weinstein AU, WG Clark Construction and Walsh Construction.

Also last week Africatown Community Land Trust was awarded an equitable development grant of $1,000,000 to help fund Africatown Plaza building to be developed with Capitol Hill Housing on the Midtown Center site and $75,000 for organization capacity. The overall development costs for the project are estimated at $42,000,000.

Now, this weekend join us to plan for the future of the Central District that makes the essence of the activation permanent at 23rd and Union and throughout the CD!

Imagine Africatown Design Weekend brings international architects to Seattle to imagine the future of Central District and Black neighborhoods

This weekend July 13-14 Africatown welcomes renowned designer Walter Hood, founder of Hood Design Studio and Pan African architect Nmadili Okumabua, founder Community Design & Planning Initiative Africa to Seattle to headline our first ever Imagine Africatown Central District Design Weekend, July 13-14 at the legendary Garfield High School.

On Friday the Design Town Hall will feature Walter and Nmadili will share ideas join Dr. Marcia Arunga with a featured performance by Dadabass.

After being inspired by the work and ideas of visionaries Walter Hood and Nmadili Okumabua and memories of the CD as told by Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga on Friday at the Design Town Hall, Saturday we will take to bringing our own ideas to life with an all day Design Cipher workshop.

Four sites in the Central District including Black community landmarks Seattle Vocational Institute and Bryant Manor will be reimagined as a local “Black Wall Street” or “Wakanda”, but these places could be anywhere we are: Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Leimert Park in LA, Harlem, Southside Chicago or Third Ward in Houston!

Let’s imagine and design thriving Black neighborhoods of the future. Places where our well being is the focus, our legacies are honored, our spirits are nourished, our genius is cultivated and our collective futures are bright!”

About Walter Hood

Walter Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California. Hood Design Studio is his tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. He is also a professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Walter designs and creates urban spaces and objects that are public sculpture. Believing everyone needs beauty in their life, he makes use of everyday objects to create new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies of urban space. http://www.hooddesignstudio.com/

About Nmadili Okwumabua

Nmadili Okwumabua is an Atlanta based architect and CEO of Southern Sahara, a design consultancy specializing in the research and development of modern African architecture. Nmadili is also the founder of Founder of the Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa and a professor of African Architecture & Urban Design at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. https://www.cpdiafrica.org/the-founder/

Central District Design Weekend

Design Town Hall, July 13th, 5-8pm, Garfield High School

Design Cipher, July 14th, 10am-5pm, Garfield High School

Community Dinner, 14th, 5-9pm, 23rd & Union

Imagine Africatown Design Weekend

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23rd and Union development update: Notes on Africatown Plaza

As developers snag every available piece of land in the booming real estate market of Central Seattle, African American community members demand a seat at the table when it comes to who fills the future Africatown portion of Midtown development at 23rd and Union. How do you address the concerns of a diverse community while understanding the history of the land the development is being built on? By meeting, bringing those voices together, and giving them a chance to express their concerns and desires for positive change.

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Plans for Africatown Plaza rise at 23rd and Union


Garrett, center, with Forterra’s Michelle Connor and Chris Persons of Capitol Hill Housing (Image: Africatown Plaza)

The newly formed Africatown Community Land Trust entered an agreement with Capitol Hill Housing and Lake Union Partners, the Seattle development company that bought the Midtown Center block in May.

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MLK DAY 2017

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From: Capitol Hill Seattle

Official crowd estimates for events like the annual Seattle MLK Day march are hard to come by but organizers said Monday the 2017 gathering might have been the largest in the 35-year history of the event.

You could also measure the crowd by the CHS video — four and a half minutes to walk from the start of the procession to the SPD contingent bringing up the rear. The marchers passed from Garfield High School to E Union then E Madison and onto the Federal Building downtown.

You can learn more about the history of the event and the day of workshops at Garfield High School that accompany it at mlkseattle.org

Here’s how Seattle became so segregated

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A new look at New Deal ‘redlining’ maps offers insight into subtle racism’s not-so-subtle predecessor

The “redlining” maps minted during the New Deal were a roadmap for investment in America’s cities. Seattle was no exception in warning bankers off extending loans to home buyers in non-white neighborhoods. Here’s a look some of the more racist descriptions offered about Seattle’s neighborhoods back in 1936. They’re rated “A” to “D,” with “A” being best.

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Police: Men claiming explosives, sniper at former school arrested

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SEATTLE — Four people suspected of being part of a group claiming to have explosives and a sniper inside the old Horace Mann school building were arrested Tuesday, ending a weeks-long standoff between the group and the Seattle School District, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The District closed the school building on East Cherry Street years ago. In recent months, 18 groups moved into the school without permission and started using it for community classes and other purposes as the Africatown Center for Education and Innovation.

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Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

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In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015.

Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter.

“The one image [from this trial] that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head in disbelief of what had occurred to him,” Evans said in a courtroom video published by local television station WJBK.

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The spread of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

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“American Jews are not hard-liners on Israel. Obama won 69 percent of Jewish voters in 2012, even as American conservatives accused him of purposefully undermining the country’s security and status in the region. Indeed, according to a 2013 Pew study, only one in three American Jews feel a strong emotional attachment to the Jewish state. But over the past 30 years, and especially in the last decade, the GOP’s attachment to Israel has become remarkably fierce, to an extent that is basically unprecedented in modern American politics. On issue after issue — from military aid to settlement policy — the GOP now offers Israel unconditional and unquestioning support, so much so that some Republicans now liken the country to America’s “51st state.” The person most responsible for this development is the multi­billionaire casino magnate and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson.”

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