Category Archives: Community

Rainier and Othello festivals combine for celebration of community and culture

By Carolyn Bick

Hoisting her daughter Dayaa up onto her hip, Dana Gibson smiled as she looked around at the festivities in Othello Park.

“It’s our first time here in the park, but we usually frequent the festivities in Columbia City,” Gibson said, referring to the Rainier Valley Heritage Celebration that has taken place in Columbia City in the past. “There is a lot of community going on, so we like to support the locals.”

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Photo Essay: People Stay Cool in the 90-Degree Heat

by Susan Fried

After one of the hottest months of July on record in Seattle, August was supposed to be a little cooler. But the first 10 days remained oppressively hot, forcing Seattlites to seek out ways to escape the heat. Fortunately Seattle is surrounded by water and people in the South End found lots of places to access Lake Washington or a local park with a water feature.

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What Happens When Development Costs Trickle Down?

Residents of the South End are still grappling with the fallout of new development — and no one is taking responsibility

by Tammy Morales

As he flipped the ignition on his lawnmower, Ty Kocher knew that he would likely be disturbing Gerald. Gerald had been living in a tent tucked under a tree on Ty’s property for a few weeks, with permission from both Ty and Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC), the neighborhood organization that was renting Ty’s house for office space.

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Photo Essay: Umoja Fest Celebrates Unity Through Performance and Fashion

by Susan Fried

Thousands of people attended this year’s Umoja Festival at Judkins Park, a three-day festival during Seafair weekend that continues a long history of festivals and celebrations held in Seattle’s vibrant Black community. The celebrations started over 60 years ago with the Black community participating in the International Festival in Chinatown. In the late 1940s, the East Madison Mardi Gras Celebration began, followed by the Pacific Northwest Black Community Festival and finally continuing the tradition with the Umoja Fest.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Umoja Fest, Cafe Red 1-Year Anniversary Party, Break Dancing for Kids, and more!

Friday, Aug. 3rd:

Coco at Skyway Outdoor Cinema

“The pre-show gets started at 8pm behind the Skyway 7-Eleven in the US Bank parking lot (but insiders know to get here by 7pm for a good spot). Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket (or picnic table, or beanbag) and some cash for the concession stand. Movie starts at 9pm with a Blu-ray DVD prize drawing to follow.”
Time: 8–11 PM
Where: Skyway Outdoor Cinema—12702 Renton Ave S. (Behind the 7-Eleven)
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Family-Friendly, Outdoors

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Recognizing Seattle’s Black Women Heroes

by Irene Jagla

What makes a woman courageous? For those attending the Northwest African American Museum’s “Our Women of Courage” celebration, the answer came in recognizing the lives and works of Rev. Harriett Walden—peace advocate and police accountability activist—and DeCharlene Williams—salon and boutique owner and activist in her own right.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Othello Block Party Uses Arts, Music, Merchants to Build Connections in South Seattle

by Emerald Staff

The Othello Block Party celebrated arts, culture, music, entrepreneurship, and community Saturday at Othello Station. The event was sponsored by the MLK Business Association, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, South Seattle Emerald, Homesight, OnBoard Othello, UW Commons, Office of Arts & Culture, Assembly 118, and The Grocery, and was coordinated by Cafe Red and Artist Coalition for Equitable Development.

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