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Seattle black and white


Seattle was a very different city in than it is today. There were no black bus drivers, sales clerks, or bank tellers. Black children rarely attended the same schools as white children.

And few black people lived outside of the Central District. InSeattle was effectively a segregated town.

Energized by the national civil rights movement, an interracial group of Seattle residents joined together to form the Seattle chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality CORE. The chapter began by challenging one of the more blatant sites of discrimination in the city, local supermarkets. Located within the black community and "Seattle black and white" on black customers, these supermarkets refused to hire black employees.

CORE took the supermarkets to task by organizing continuous picketers until stores desegregated their staffs.

Congressman John Lewis, National Civil...

From this initial effort, CORE launched campaigns to increase employment and housing opportunities for blacks and to address racial inequalities in Seattle public schools.

Written by four active members of Seattle CORE, this book not only recounts the actions of Seattle CORE but also captures the emotion and intensity of this pivotal and highly charged time in America's history.

The authors have used the word Seattle black and white the correct term at the time, to introduce readers to the 60's. Later, as the language evolved we used "African-American" and "Black" which are more familiar to people today.

Black and White artwork and...

This website published with the assistance of a grant from 4Culture. Facing page Rally in front of federal courthouse in Seattle in support of March on Washington, August 28th, Note crowd Seattle black and white off the grass and leaving space for people with business at the courthouse.

Courtesy of Seattle Post-Intelligencer collection, Jean Durning top leftBettylou Valentine bottom leftand Maid Adams bottom right joined soon thereafter. It weaves the threads of activism, courage, brilliance, and love into a luxurious canvas for all to view.

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