Category Archives: Photo Essay

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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PHOTOS: The Sights and Smells of the Georgetown Carnival

“Here, smell this,” Tom Fasnacht said, holding up a bright chartreuse mineral up to Susan Murphey’s nose.

“Ugh!” Murphey exclaimed, as she jerked away.

“It’s sulfur,” Fasnacht said, and they both chuckled, as he put the fragrant mineral back into its box at the mineral stall.

Fortunately for Murphey and the thousands of other people who filtered through the 14th annual Georgetown Carnival, the smells that wafted along Airport Way South on the afternoon of June 8 were that of decidedly more appetizing festival food. People feasted on spiraled, fried potatoes on sticks, savory sushi burritos, and smoked meats, washing it all down with lemonade, homemade horchata, and beer. Artists’ stalls dotted the side streets, the vendors selling everything from bone jewelry to minerals to woven art.

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Eritrean Community March Delivers Message to U.S. Lawmakers

story and photos by Susan Fried

Members of Seattle’s Eritrean Community marched from their community center in the Central District to the Federal Building in downtown Seattle on May 24, Eritrean Independence Day, to deliver a letter to Sen. Patty Murray highlighting the plight of Eritrean refugees and the people of Eritrea and ask her help in convincing the U.S. government to hold the Eritrean Totalitarian Government accountable for its human rights abuses.

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PHOTOS: Northwest Tap Connection Celebrates National Tap Day

story and photos by Susan Fried

Northwest Tap Connection students, staff, their families, friends, and the community didn’t let a little rain deter them from having a great time celebrating National Tap Dance Day Saturday May 25 at Northwest Tap Connection’s dance studio on Rainier Avenue.

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PHOTOS: Liberty Bank Building Opens

Photos by Susan Fried, South Seattle Emerald
Article by Ashley Archibald, Real Change

(This article was originally published in Real Change and has been reprinted with permission)

The sun shone down on the crowd, which spilled from a courtyard into the street on 24th Avenue in the Central District. A young child waited for his cue, and then sliced through a tri-colored ribbon: red, the color of blood; black, the color of skin; green, the color of land.

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Seattle Youth Gather at Cal Anderson To Protest Government Inaction on Climate Change

by Susan Fried

Signs reading “There is no Planet B” and “Our Future is Being Sacrificed” dotted a crowd of youth who sat on the grass at Cal Anderson Park on a beautiful Friday morning in Seattle. Hundreds of young people from dozens of Seattle schools showed up at Cal Anderson Park to show solidarity with the millions of youth walking out of their classrooms across the globe to let their governments and older people know that it’s time to take climate change seriously.

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Rainier Beach High School Celebrates Winter Sports

by Susan Fried

The line for hotdogs, outside the Rainier Beach High School gym moved quickly as officers and employees from the Seattle Police department worked like a well-oiled machine distributing beverages, chips, and hotdogs to the students and members of the RBHS basketball as they celebrated placing in the Washington State High school basketball tournament. Foor was provided by Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, an initiative that uses a community-led, place-based approach to reducing violence that affects youth in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. The school held a Winter Sports Barbecue to honor the teams achievement and celebrate winter sports at the school. Students played some pick up basketball and enjoyed music and live radio shout outs from a DJ provided by KUBE 93.3.

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PHOTOS: Step inside Seattle’s Barber Shops and Beauty Salons

by Susan Fried

Shelly Intravartolo, the owner of the Parlour in Columbia City, directs a young woman to a well-worn barber’s chair and asks her what kind of haircut she would like. The conversation is relaxed and comfortable and it’s not long before the new customer is talking to Shelly like they’ve known each other for years.

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