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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

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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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The *other* lawsuit at 23rd and Union: Activist sues property owners, City Hall for ‘strong racial hostility’

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 – 12:04 pm by jseattle

The battle to sell off the Midtown Center property at 23rd and Union is keeping the courts busy. CHS broke the news this week on the family legal fight holding up a $23.5 million deal to sell the property to a California-based apartment developer.

Now we have learned of another legal fight stemming from the issues at Midtown that might have more immediate ramifications for the block while setting up a last stand of sorts for a long time part of the activist community around Africatown.

Omari Tahir-Garrett is suing everyone from the family partnership behind Midtown Center to Kshama Sawant and Seattle City Light in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought after utilities were cut off the property where his UMOJA P.E.A.C.E Center is located at 24th and E Spring.

In his suit, Tahir-Garrett alleges that the long list of defendants acted on “strong racial hostility” and violated his first amendment rights because of “Black community activism” —

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Nickelsville campers relocate to UMOJA Center property in the CD

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Nickelsville campers relocate to UMOJA Center property in the CD
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm by Bryan Cohen

The fallout from last week’s eviction of the Nickelsville camp near the intersection of Seattle’s two interstates has reached the Central District. Around 20 former Nickelsville campers have temporarily relocated to the UMOJA P.E.A.C.E Center property at 23rd and E Spring. A dozen sleeping tents and a kitchen tent went up on the property earlier this week.

The now displaced residents of the sanctioned tent and tiny house encampment on Dearborn Ave. were evicted by property owners Coho Real Estate after the campers voted to disassociate from the Nickelsville organization and run the camp themselves, citing unfair treatment by the Nickelsville leadership. Coho had partnered with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd to sponsor the site and lawfully host it on its property.

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Creating Africatown In Seattle’s Central District

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Bill Radke speaks with Wyking Garrett about his vision to create an Africatown — akin to a Chinatown or International District — in Seattle. Garrett sees Africatown as a way to expand and preserve the African-American identity of Seattle’s Central District.

LISTEN TO AFRICATOWN COMMUNTY LEADER WYKING GARRETT

City of Seattle Invests in the Development of the Central District’s “Africatown”

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From: http://www.thestranger.com

by Ansel Herz • Jan 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

If you live in Seattle and you’re not familiar with the idea of Africatown, well, you should be. Think Chinatown, but for African-Americans and African immigrants in the historically black Central District. This new video, produced by community activist Wyking Garrett, introduces the concept in a brisk two minutes:

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3rd annual State of Africatown Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held tomorrow Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

Featured speakers and present include:

Mistress of Ceremony – Dr. Renee McCoy
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Kimberly Dunn and Audience
Former State Rep. Dawn Mason , Convener, Opening
Dr. Girma Ayele, Co-Convener, Welcome
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Sandra Boas-DuPree, Operations & Development Manager, Host
Black Community Impact Alliance, Evelyn Allen & Jaebadiah Gardner
Central Area Senior Center – Dian Ferguson, Director
First Place Student Performance
Blackout/EPIC – Senait Brown
Seattle King County NAACP – Sheley Secrest
Cultural Innovation: Black Dot – Aramis Hamer
Historic Central Area Arts & Culture District – Steve Sneed
State of Africatown – K. Wyking Garrett
Mayor Edward B. Murray
Michael Charles representing King County Executive Dow Constantine
Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, District 3
Seattle City Council President, Bruce Harrell, District 2
Reception to follow
Additional confirmed attendees include:

Seattle City Council Members:
Lisa Herbold, District 1
Debora Juarez, District 5
Mike O’Brien, District 6
Tim Burgess, At Large Pos. 8
Lorena Gonzales, At Large Pos. 9
Renton City Council Member Ed Prince
King County Council Members:
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Larry Gossett
State Representatives:
Brady Walkingshaw (D 43rd)
Sharon Santos (D 37th)

Register HERE

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