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


Creating Africatown In Seattle’s Central District


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.


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)

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Friday Jan 15 2016 – 3rd annual State of Africatown


The third annual State of Africatown will be held on January 15 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.

2015 was a productive year for Central District based Africatown Seattle initiatives ending with and Human Rights Award followed by the signing of legislation formally designating the Central Area as an Arts & Cultural District focused honoring, preserving and developing the Black and African Diaspora contributions to Seattle.

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Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds & Grow Dreams with a Donation Today!

Today is Giving Tuesday.

Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds & Grow Dreams with a Donation Today!



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These children are learning and expanding their imaginations at an Intro to Visual Design & Storytelling class at the Young Geniuses Academy (YGA), one of the many programs for children and teens at the Umoja Peace Center (UPC). YGA provides learning and enrichment opportunities to children and youth in our communities to fill the gaps left by public schools who have limited art, technical and cultural enrichment learning opportunities due to budget cuts.

From coding workshops that bridge the digital divide–to international art projects–to embracing our global citizenry, UPC is providing high quality learning opportunities to children and teens in our community. It takes a village to raise a child and UPC is a village we need.

UPC helps children and teens overcome obstacles to success through education enhancement projects that build marketable skills, self confidence and cultural pride and identity. UPC’s after school learning programs, homework lab and Saturday workshops, provide a space for children and teens to realize their full potential in an atmosphere that celebrates, nurtures and cultivates positive self expression.

Your support is critical at this time as the program lacks funds for art supplies, instructors and the cost of a December 12th event for Young Geniuses to showcase their talents. By giving a donation today, you will help us create a vibrant community of lifelong learners whose creativity and ingenuity have a positive impact our local and global community.

It’s easy to invest in our kids. Our goal is to raise $2,500 by Tuesday December 8th. We need 50 people to give $50 today in order to cover basic expenses for the program this month.

Any amount will help us pay for educational materials and supplies for our classes and events. With your donation we can expand our reach and continue to provide educational programs and opportunities four our kids.

Thank you so much for your support!

Yalonda Sinde
Volunteer & Boardmember of the Umoja Peace Center

3100 S. Alaska St. Seattle WA 98108
Contact Us at 877.505.6306 or Email: