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.”
Continue reading PHOTOS: Celebrating Juneteenth at Pratt Park and Rainier Beach Community Center
“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.
Continue reading PHOTOS: The Sights and Smells of the Georgetown Carnival
by Carolyn Bick
photos by Carolyn Bick and Susan Fried
Squinting in the sun and pinching her lips in concentration, Gloria Duncan maneuvered the fishing rod’s line inside a wooden box, casting about for a magnetic “fish” that would win her a prize.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Sun Shines on Beacon Hill Festival
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.
Continue reading Eritrean Community March Delivers Message to U.S. Lawmakers
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.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Northwest Tap Connection Celebrates National Tap Day
(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)
photos by Sharon H. Chang
Hundreds of people turned out in Seattle last week for the annual May Day March for Immigrants and Workers.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Hundreds March for Immigrants and Workers on May Day
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.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Liberty Bank Building Opens