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With vision for ‘African American communities and spaces of the future,’ Africatown Plaza will be next to take shape in the Central District

Community members met this week for an all-day design symposium at Washington Hall in the Central District to plan “African American communities and spaces of the future” around the Puget Sound.

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The event follows a major development in the Central District with the opening of the Liberty Bank Building and comes as the early design process for Africatown Plaza at Midtown, another fully affordable development around the 23rd and Union core, is about to begin.

“Overall, working to make sure that we still have a heart and soul and a place of unity and community,” the Africatown Community Land Trust’s K. Wyking Garrett said Saturday, before giving a shout out to last weekend’s Umoja Fest Parade, a Central Area staple since the 1940s. He wants Africatown, however, to be more than just these major celebrations, but places “where we can experience Black culture, Black music, Black culinary genius from throughout the diaspora.”


The Liberty Bank Building

At 24th and Union, the Capitol Hill Housing-led Liberty Bank Building now provides more than 100 affordable homes after opening this spring. Africatown hopes the new building can be a springboard for more equitable development in a neighborhood that has seen increased gentrification and felt the effects of mass incarceration in recent years.

Next will come Africatown Plaza at Midtown on the southern end of the Midtown Center block. Being planned as 130 units of 100% affordable housing plus street-level retail and commercial space, the project will be built at 23rd and Spring, just down from the Liberty Bank Building on the south end of the site of the former Midtown Plaza. It will include around 130 affordable housing units, specifically for “those who have been displaced due to rising rents,” as well as several thousand square feet of retail space, as previously reported by CHS.

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Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 7:34 am by Bryan Cohen

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K. Wyking Garrett speaking during the Black Wall Street event. (Image: CHS)

In the struggle to forge a neighborhood identity in the same vein as the Chinatown/International District, Africatown has come to represent a movement as much as neighborhood — a movement to create more black institutions, businesses, and influence in the the Central District.

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I WAS A CHILD MEMBER OF MT ZION CHURCH IN THE 1950s

I WAS A CHILD MEMBER OF MT ZION CHURCH IN THE 1950s WHEN REV DAVIS WAS REPLACED BY THIS NEO- COLONIAL IMPORT TO SEATTLE. HIS RICO RACKETEERING CLIQUE GOT RICH OFF OF ROBBING AND PIMPING THE “MODEL CITIES” POVERTY PROGRAMS (MILLIONAIRE PREACHERS WITH NO JOBS?) THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTED $22 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR TEN YEARS ($222 MILLION DOLLARS) DIRECTLY INTO “AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT (MODEL CITIES EAGLE FROM MADISON TO MCLELLAND AND 34TH TO YESLER TERRACE)

AFTER DR. KING WAS ASSASSINATED THIS CLIQUE OF ROGUE PREACHERS LED BY “MESSY” JESSE JACKSON (“MESSY” JESSE JUNIOR INHERITED HIS “BI-POLAR MONEY DISORDER FROM HIS INFAMOUS RELATIVE) WAS USED TO MIS-DIRECT ACTIVITIES AWAY FROM DR KING’S ANTI-WAR PROFITEERING AND ANTI-INJUSTICE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING. THESE “PROSPERITY PREACHERS” WERE PUT ON MAJOR BANK BOARDS AND APPOINTED “BLACK COMMUNITY LEADERS” WITH NO PLANS FOR AFRICATOWN CULTURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT???

ENTER THE FBI / CIA DRUGS, LSD / HEROIN FOLLOWED BY OLLIE NORTH’S CONTRA “CRACK COCAINE” (METH IN THE SUBURBS). ADD TO THIS MIX “GANGSTER RAP” WITH THE B….. WORD AND N…..WORD AND THE IMPORTATION OF 8 MILLION AK- 47’S FROM RUSSIA (SEE 10/4/1994 REUTERS PRESS RELEASE, “STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MIKE MCCURRY SAID YESTERDAY THAT 250 U.S. FIRMS HAVE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT 7.6 MILLION RIFLES AND PISTOLS AND MORE THAN 7 BILLION ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION FROM RUSSIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION THIS YEAR.”). THE REST IS HISTORY (VIOLENT YOUTH GANGS AND CRACK COCAINE DRUG MADNESS).

IF 19TH IS RENAMED, 23RD SHOULD BE RENAMED “AL CAPONE AVE.” TO MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY??? YES, ORGANIZED CRIME ( EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL TERRORISM) AND THE “TOLERANCE POLICY” IS ALIVE AND WELL IN SEATTLE AND ACROSS AMERICA. JUST ASK OUR NATIVE AMERICAN / INDIAN / HISPANIC / LATINO ECT. BROTHERS AND SISTERS????

Omari Tahir, FOUNDER / VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER AT FORMER COLMAN SCHOOL SITE AND CO-CHAIR OF BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION FROM 1970 TO PRESENT, WORLD TRAVELER AND AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT HISTORIAN

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Black Lives Matter groups receive human rights awards at Town Hall

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Black Lives Matter groups receive human rights awards at Town Hall
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015 – 7:00 am by Bryan Cohen

Black Lives Matter was the theme for this year’s Annual Human Rights Day Celebration in Seattle and two Central Area organizations particularly active in the movement were recognized Thursday night for their work.

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism received the Rising Human Rights Leaders award for its role in the campaign to stop the new youth jail slated to replace the aging facility at 12th and Alder. The Africatown Innovation Center also received an honorary award. The organization was founded by Central District activist Wyking Garrett, who runs the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center at 23rd and Spring.

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1st Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

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Seattle, WA – On the heels of Mayor Ed Murray announcing the Central District as the next Cultural Arts District in Seattle, the first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest kicks off today with Mighty Crown & Fire Links from Japan and Jamaica performing live at the Red Lounge.

The four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors including a special Black Friday Benefit Concert with Owuor Arunga & Friends at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute; the launch of a new business incubator, the Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space at Midtown Center; and a Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Holiday Marketplace.

An all star cast of Seattle talent, including Josephine Howell, fresh back from performing at American Music Awards with Macklemore will join Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Physics) for the concert. Other featured artists are Black Stax, Otieno Terry, Adra Boo, Dadabass, Yirim Seck, Marissa Garrett, and Olu Damar. Proceeds will benefit youth arts and leadership development programming of Umoja PEACE Center and Africatown.

Partnership and promotional support for the event comes from AfricatownSeattle.com, Umoja PEACE Center, Arunga Music, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, OutsideThinc Agency, Hack The CD, Black Dot, The Taste of The Caribbean, Lake Chad Cafe, Third Level Events, Seattle Office of Economic Development and American Express #ShopSmall.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th –

Central Area Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Dinner, 2100 Bldg, Free

Red Lounge presents Mighty Crown & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

Afropolitan Seattle Thanksgiving Afterparty feature DJ Topspin, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

Friday, Nov. 27th

Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.
first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

Saturday, Nov. 28th –

Africatown Small Business Saturday Marketplace at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S.

Opening of Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space @ Midtown Center, 1160 23rd Ave

4th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash @ Eritrean Hall, 1954 S. Massachusetts St.

What: Africatown-Central District Winter Music & Arts Fest

When: Wed Nov. 25 – Sat. Nov. 28, 2015

Where: Multiple Venues in Africatown-Central District

Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space, 1160 23rd Ave.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S.

Red Lounge, 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Lake Chad Cafe, 1712 S. Jackson St.

Eritrean Hall

For more information visit BlackFriday.AfricatownSeattle.com email info@africatownseattle.com or call 206.941.2527.

I have been banned from posting COMMENTS on the CAPITOL HILL NEWS SITE?

I have been banned from posting COMMENTS on the CAPITOL HILL NEWS SITE? This was my last attempted posting responding to comments that my comments postings were “RACIST”??? My comments were/are historically accurate and informative but “VERY POLITICALLY INCORRECT”??? Omari

PLEASE, COULD YOU INCLUDE SOME FACTS, HISTORICAL TRUTH OR PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE IN YOUR COMMENTS SO THERE IS SOME EDUCATIONAL CONTENT??? AS FOR EMOTIONS AND OPINIONS, WE ALL HAVE THEM LIKE FINGER PRINTS???

Omari Tahir-Garrett, VIETNAM VETERAN (1967), WORLD TRAVELER (NORTH AMERICA, ASIA, AFRICA AND WESTERN EUROPE), HISTORY / ANTI-APARTEID / ANTI COLONIAL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AND CANDIDATE FOR SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL (2015 AND AGAIN 2018)

WEBSITE: OmariForCityCouncil
WEBSITE: AFRICATOWN / CHINATOWN NEWS DIGEST
WEBSITE: prison2president???

This was my last attempted posting after comments my postings were “RACIST”

Website: OmariForCityCouncil
Website: AFRICATOWN / CHINATOWN NEWS DIGEST

Website: http://www.prison2president.blogspot.com

“MIS-EDUCATED BLACK MAN”

FYI
SORRY, I MEANT TO SAY “MIS-EDUCATED BLACK MAN” BECAUSE I WAS “TRAINED AND INDOCTRINATED” IN EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORIST INDOCTRINATION CENTERS CALLED “SCHOOLS”??? NO, NORTH AMERICAN “HITLERS” GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON WERE NOT “FOUNDING FATHERS / PRESIDENTIAL HEROES” OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY??? THEY THEM SELVES CLAIMED THEY “OWNED” HUNDREDS OF “CHRISTIANIZED” BLACK AFRICAN “SLAVES” (KIDNAPPED / ENSLAVED /TERRORIZED MEN , WOMEN AND CHILDREN)???

IS ALBINO APARTHEID / NAZI / ARYAN NATION / KKK / WHITE SUPREMACY LIES AND GOBBELS PROPAGANDA EDUCATION??? PLEASE GO THE NEAREST NATIVE AMERICAN “RESERVATION” / CONCENTRATION CAMP AND ASK THE “INDIANS” (NOT BORN OR FROM INDIA), DID CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS “DISCOVER” AMERICA??? ALSO WHY DO YOU ACCUSE “AFRICAN / BLACK / NIG….. / NEGROE COLORED / BLACK / AFRO-AMERICAN / AFRICAN-AMERICAN / AFRICANS BORN IN AMERICA WHO ARE VICTIMIZED AND VICTIMS OF EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORISM (MIS-NAMED “DEMOCRACY”) RACISTS ???
BLAME THE VICTIM ALBINO APARTHEID / WHITE SUPREMACY ILLOGICAL REASONING IS A FALSE FOUNDATION FOR “EDUCATION” OR EDUCATING???

HAVE YOU LOOKED IN THE MIRROR LATELY OR MENTALLY REVIEWED THE LIES AND DISTORTION OF REALITY THAT YOU WERE TAUGHT ABOUT WHY WHITE COLONIAL SETTLER AMERCAN / WHITE EUROPEAN PEOPLE ARE SUPERIOR…… (WHITE SUPREMACY / HITLER’S ARYAN SUPREMACY)??? “OH, WHAT LIES WE TELL AND WEBS (FOX NEWS / WEBSITES) WE SPIN”???
PLEASE GET BACK ON A BOAT OR AIRPLANE AND GO BACK TO YOUR EUROPEAN “HOMELAND” FOR TRUE “HOMELAND SECURITY”??? NEXT, TRAVEL TO CHINA, RUSSIA, INDIA, JAPAN, AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA, PALESTINE….AND STUDY “THE OLD WORLD”??? YOU JUST MIGHT GET A REAL WORLD / NON-ALBINO EDUCATION???

Omari Tahir-Garrett, VIETNAM VETERAN (1967), PRISONER OF WAR (1968 AND AGAIN 2002 TO 2004), WORLD TRAVELER, HISTORY / ANTI-APARTHEID / ANTI-COLONIAL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, CO-CHAIR OF BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION (1970 TO PRESENT) AND CANDIDATE FOR SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL (2015 AND AGAIN 2018)
WEBSITE: OmariForCityCouncil
WEBSITE: AFRICATOWN / CHINATOWN NEWS DIGEST
WEBSITE: prison2president

Africatown-Central District featured on PBS

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Africatown-Central District featured in new PBS series “In Close” produced by @Tonya Mosley

The Soul of the C.D.

Not many neighborhoods have felt the growth of Seattle more than the Central District. Its residents are caught between trying to maintain the area’s history and coping with a rapidly growing city.

See the report

http://www.africatownseattle.com/articles/1015/africatown-central-district-featured-on-pbs.html