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Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic: A Glimpse Back May Offer a Path Forward

by Beverly Aarons


The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the United States 37th in overall quality of healthcare, right behind Dominica, Denmark, and Chile, but way behind our northern neighbor Canada, which ranked 27th, and our European ally, France, which ranked number 1. More babies per capita die (5.9 per 1000 births) within days (or weeks) of being born in the United States than in Iceland, Finland, and Japan combined. In Seattle, there are persistent racial disparities in healthcare – 6.9 Black babies die per 1,000 births compared to 4.3 deaths per 1,000 white babies born, and gaining access to quality healthcare informed by facts, not racist controlling narratives, is almost impossible. In a recent survey of medical students, 50% believed that Blacks experienced less pain than whites because of biological differences.

Black physicians are less likely to hold these kinds of biases, but there are only 45,534 active physicians identified as Black in the United States compared to 516,304 white physicians, 157,025 Asian physicians, and 53,526 Hispanic physicians, so finding a Black physician or medical institution operating with an anti-racist lens might be impossible for most of the 46 million Blacks in America. This is why Dr. Ben Danielson’s resignation as the medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is so significant to Seattle’s Black community. 

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Estelita’s Library Holds Teaching Event Imparting Lessons From Black Panther Party’s Newspaper

By Carolyn Bick

Pouring from the entrance of the cozy Estelita’s Library in Beacon Hill, people listened to Jerrell Davis, also known artistically as Rell Be Free, perform inside. Out back in the library’s courtyard, others created silkscreen prints with the help of Takiyah Ward, the visual artist behind T-DUB Customs, and Franklin High School students raised money for an art class. Continue reading Estelita’s Library Holds Teaching Event Imparting Lessons From Black Panther Party’s Newspaper

Black Panther Youth Empowerment Summit Spans Generations

by Susan Fried

In a room filled with an intergenerational group of people, Willard Jimerson described how at 13 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison and how that had influenced his life.

“It’s our responsibility, for some of us who came out of the graveyard and woke up to go back to that particular cemetery with alarm clocks and throw them out there to wake people up,” he said.

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PHOTOS: Students Unveil Mural Commemorating Seattle Black Panther Party

Story and Photos by Susan Fried

Hundreds of people filled the Franklin High School commons on Nov. 9 to await the official unveiling of the Franklin High School Art of Resistance and Resilience Club’s 40-foot mural commemorating the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther’s 50th Anniversary. Members of the Art of Resistance & Resilience, a social and environmental justice-oriented art club at Franklin, have been working on the mural since January and were able to display a portion of it at the SCBP 50th Anniversary Celebration in April.

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Artists Examine Black Panther Party’s International Legacy

Frye Art Museum hosts the first of three talks centralized on the iconic group’s influence

by Agazit Afeworki

After George Zimmerman’s acquittal of killing Trayvon Martin, the black community’s collective weary manifested itself in a single hashtag: Black Lives Matter. This virtually-born group drew massive national protests in real ways. But their multi-platformed activism follows the tenancy of nationalistic groups like the Black Panther Party, which feels all the more timely five decades later. Continue reading Artists Examine Black Panther Party’s International Legacy