Inspiration & Resources to Help Amplify Black Voices, Foster Anti-Racism

While this is by no means a comprehensive list of the powerful and talented Black voices in the community, we hope you find these stories from local African Americans and others inspiring and edifying.


Andre Taylor joins Mayor Durkan at Civic Cocktail tonight

Andre Taylor

Tonight at 6 p.m., Andre Taylor, founder of Not This Time!, and Mayor Jenny Durkan will join a virtual Civic Cocktail to discuss the unrest in our community, police reform, and racial inequity in modern society. Registration for this event is free.

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Ijeoma Oluo: "We will celebrate when the work is done"

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want to Talk About Race," leads a discussion on unity and race in our country at the City of Seattle's annual 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration.

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For Dani Tirrell "dance is joy"

Dani Tirrell

“I teach in hopes of passing down oral traditions, movement traditions in the African Diaspora.” Dani Tirrell is a Black, queer movement artist whose work stems from both his personal life and culture to project powerful messages. 

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Documentary: "Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers"

Keepers of the Dream documentary series

This docuseries was produced by Patricia Boiko and Tajuan LaBee, and scored by SassyBlack. The series tells the individual stories of five women involved in the Seattle Black Panther Party: Frances Dixon, Youlanda Givens, Phyllis Noble Mobley, Vanetta Molson-Turner, and Winona Hollins Hauge. 

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Quenton Baker exhibit inspired by forgotten story of 1841 slave revolt

Quenton Baker

Renowned poet Quenton Baker talks about his 2019 Frye Art Museum exhibit "Ballast" which was inspired by the overlooked story of a 1841 slave revolt aboard the ship Creole. The starkly beautiful exhibit featured original poems and the poetic technique of erasure.

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses her book "White Fragility"

Dr. Robin DiAngelo

"I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color." Back in 2018, UW professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo read from her book "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" at the Seattle Public Library. She talks about how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race.

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Annual State of Africatown brings together community voices


The annual State of Africatown: The African American/African Diaspora Gathering of 2020 was held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in February. The event featured a slate of local business and community leaders on the theme of "Strengthening Roots, Building Our Future."

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Look, Listen & Learn works to bridge the achievement gap, help kids learn & succeed

Look Listen & Learn

We are happy to be airing the locally produced children's show, Look, Listen and Learn, which is dedicated to inspiring and advancing early learning in young black, indigenous and POC kids. The show uses reading, art, and cooking to explore issues from learning to love yourself to dealing with change to setting boundaries.

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