by Beverly Aarons
In the heart of Seattle’s Central District, a small but significant cultural center is easy to miss as it’s nestled in a humble bungalow house on a quiet residential street.
A Seattle historical landmark since 1992, the Dr. James & Janie Washington Cultural Center houses the artistic and cultural legacy of Dr. James W. Washington, an accomplished painter, sculptor, and writer who committed his life to providing future generations with a life template that they could follow if they wanted to experience success and happiness despite adversity.
Continue reading Historical African American Artist’s Legacy Lives On In Central District
by Susan Fried
The Liberty Bank Building holds the history and the future of the Central District within its walls, a building that stood on the corner of 24th Avenue and Union Street for 50 years. The site where this new building stands once hosted the first Black-owned bank west of the Mississippi, which opened in 1968, and witnessed years of gentrification in this historically Black neighborhood.
Continue reading Liberty Bank Building Unveils Interior and Exterior Art, Accepting Housing Applications Nov. 1
by Gus Marshall
Last month, the Central District played host to The Jackson Street Jazz Walk. A select few of Seattle’s deep bench of highly esteemed jazz musicians performed in venues, bars, restaurants, and arts centers on and around South Jackson Street from 21st Ave South to 17th Ave. South.
Continue reading 5th Annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk Showcases High Caliber Acts
by Leija Farr
Seattle is ahead of the curve in a phenomenon, and not in a good way: the displacement of Black people in our city has left the idea of safe spaces undeniably malleable. The Central District, once a community replete with Black lives and culture, has undergone displacement for many years now. As a result, lineage and generational foundation have been relocated, as a new narrative builds itself in the vacancy.
Continue reading Imagine Black: Art Collective Create Signs That Expand The Idea of Black Identity and Community In The Central District
by Lola E Peters
The most difficult part of writing this OpEd is deciding where to focus my anger: the tone-deaf billionaires, and their minions, who are thoughtlessly tearing the fabric of our community, the “news” media that pass off press releases as reporting, or our public officials, who say the right things and then do the exact opposite. Together they create a false narrative that is eroding much of the beauty of our region. Continue reading Opinion: Let Them Eat Gravlax
by David Kroman ((This article originally appeared in Cross Cut)
Demont Corneleus is a large, African-American man with a bald head. He’s tough — a former Marine, and the kind of man who regrets that he was never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Continue reading Exodus of Seattle’s Black Community Dims Hopes for Community Clinic