Category Archives: Photo Essay

Students From 17 High Schools, 18 Middle Schools Celebrate at Black Graduation

by Susan Fried

On Sunday June 30, 17 high school and 18 middle school graduates and their families from all over the greater Seattle area celebrated their educational achievements at the 4th Annual Black Graduation for Middle School and High School students at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

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PHOTOS: Seattle Celebrates Pride 2019

by Emerald Contributors

The big parade takes place every year downtown, but a number of events around the city and particularly the South End highlight the diversity of the month-long celebration. South Seattle Emerald contributors Carolyn Bick and Guy Oron offered up their images of Pride from several events this year. And a group of Seattle Pride parade participants shared their view on war and militarism.

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Dragon Fest Welcomes Crowds for Performance, Noodle-Eating Contest

by Carolyn Bick

Noodles still spilling out of his mouth, Brandon T. raised his chopsticks in victory. Before anyone had realized it, he had demolished an entire takeaway container of noodles during the youth portion of the noodle-eating contest at this year’s Dragon Fest, hosted by the Chinatown-International Business District Improvement Area.

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Kids Take Home the Win at Chess Competition Against Seattle Police

by Susan Fried

The 3rd Annual Chess Rumble between Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club and Seattle Police Department officers went down on June 18th at Van Asselt Elementary School. Just like the previous two shess battles the kids crushed the competition. The kids won 30 games and the cops won 9.

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PHOTOS: Celebrating Juneteenth at Pratt Park and Rainier Beach Community Center

by Susan Fried

Seattle’s DeCharlene Williams started the local Juneteenth Celebration at Pratt Park 36 years ago, at a time when few people outside of Texas knew what Juneteenth was. Juneteenth or Freedom Day celebrates the anniversary of the date the last enslaved people in the United States were freed. Although the Emancipation Proclamation, came into effect on January 1, 1863, the more than 200,000 enslaved people in Texas weren’t notified until June 19, 1865 when the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed the people of Texas that “all slaves are free.”

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