Omari Tahir-Garrett

Omari Tahir-Garrett
Baseball Coach

Background

African American Heritage Museum
Cultural Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Founder
African American Heritage Museum

Web References
RALLY 6/23/09! SEATTLE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO RALLY FOR RESPECTED ELDER | Hip Hop Congress

http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 23 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Omari is a 63 year resident of the Central District, founder of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Elder of the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a Little League baseball coach for over 30 years, former High School educator, US Army Vietnam era disabled veteran, Garfield High School alumni and star quarterback, a grandfather, human rights advocate, and counselor to youth and fellow veterans alike. According to witness accounts, Omari was watching the police detain several young men near the bus stop when the police accused him of harassing them and placed him under arrest. He has since been charged with harassment, unlawful use of a weapon, and “obstruction”, according to the King County Jail. “I have known Omari for over nine years”, says Central District resident and waterfront stevedore Leith Kahl.”When I first came to this city, Omari welcomed me to his community…”

Members of the United For Youth …
http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 22 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Colors NW Magazine
http://www.colorsnw.com, 27 April 2001
Omari Tahir-Garrett, left, and Earl Debham during their bi-weekly protest at the Colman School.

Omari Tahir-Garrett, the legal head of the African American Heritage Museum, summed up his feelings about the league’s plan more succinctly, saying, “Beware the dream killers, they are here.” What makes the reactions of Tahir-Garrett and others so ironic is that no one really knows what the plan will be, not even Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle President James Kelly.

In fact, disagreement over condos and other issues are among the primary factors that prompted the initial rift in the museum board years ago, eventually leading to the ouster of Tahir-Garrett and Debnam.

Tahir-Garrett and another activist have filed suit against the School District and the City of Seattle for breach of contract on agreements both entities originally had with their organization.
Lowell Henderson.com

http://www.graphics.lowellhenderson.com, 11 Oct 2003

Proceeds from the party will benefit the Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, political prisoner Omari Tahir-Garrett, the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and community and youth development programs.

Wyking Garrett is the son of Omari Tahir-Garrett, former mayoral candidate and longtime advocate of founding an African-American Heritage Museum in the old Colman School-a cause which he worked on alongside Kwame and Allah. After two trials and many months of professing his innocence, Tahir-Garrett was convicted last week of assaulting Mayor Schell last year, leaving Garrett in a position of apparent leadership regarding the cause.

Omari Tahir-Garrett

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

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2 thoughts on “Omari Tahir-Garrett

  1. I know you this is a Dream Killer act because. One council person said that the tent city wasn’t no field of dreams. I also told those people about Seattle Center. Then they are the ones who mentioned Festal and I had the same brochure on me that I had at the press conference at the Peace Center.

  2. I said to them they have to black men working in the arts. We are working to maintain our culture here. They said they have race toolkits but I told them they were failing. I was the only black at the meeting. This place is just beyond me. The Asian woman commended for my words. The person over the Rep.artistic director said they were moving towards more diversity. Yeah o.k.😁

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