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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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 COMMUNITY 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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China-led Asian infrastructure bank opens for business

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds after unveiling a sculpture during the opening ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds after unveiling a sculpture during the opening ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese-led bank intended to finance railways and other cargo links throughout Asia opened for business at a ceremony led by President Xi Jinping.

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Mount Zion marks 125 years of community

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From: capitolhillseattle.com

19th and Madison’s Mount Zion is celebrating its 125-year history in Seattle with a year of focus on the church’s dedication to community. Last weekend, the pews were filled in a celebration to honor city and community leaders on Beloved Community Sunday.

“We have come far together, and there is still a lot of work to do. I look forward to continued and new strong partnerships,” Senior Pastor Rev. Aaron Williams said in a statement. “Together, we can move the community forward and possibly become a model for the nation.”

Honorees included Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney who pretty much outdid just about anything you or I can achieve by receiving an award named for him:

http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2015/09/mount-zion-marks-125-years-of-community/

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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