by Georgia McDade
Dear Dr. King,
Your eyes are seeing and ears hearing what the Lord had in store for you. Your heart is full of what God had in store for you.
In the 52 years since your death much has happened. One time I say you know all about what has transpired; other times I say I’m glad you were not here to see. One of the biggest inventions is the smartphone. It is a massive computer that we hold in our hands. Its information is at our fingertips. The most amazing feature for me is the countless facts I can get in a few seconds. Continue reading Letter to Dr. King
by Marcus Harrison Green
This story is published in collaboration with Bitterroot, an online magazine about the politics, economy, culture, and environment of the West.
When she speaks, Rachel Heaton’s ancestors flourish as they did for millennia, until the 1860s. They flow from longhouses grouped into villages scattered around 54,000 acres of lush marshes near Elliott Bay and the Cedar and Green Rivers. After hunting ducks on the tidelands and harvesting salmonberries in coastal forests, they assemble to feast on the largesse.
“Every time I give an acknowledgement, I intentionally ask people to reflect on what the land looked like — our villages, our people,” said Heaton, a 40-year-old activist of Duwamish lineage and an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Continue reading From Si’ahl to Seattle: Does A Wealthy City Owe Its First Residents Reparations?
by Emerald Staff
Thurs., Jan. 16:
“Vanishing Seattle is excited to launch its series of short films that take a deeper dive into the stories of legacy, resistance, and resilience behind the #VanishingSeattle hashtag!
“We are premiering with a film about Wa Na Wari – a 5th-generation Black-owned home in the Central District that creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection.
“Come join us at the Wa Na Wari house for the film screening (directed by devon de Leña + Chimaera Bailey) — plus art, food, & community. The event will also feature music and performances by Yirim Seck and Ebo Barton. Learn more about WNW at www.wanawari.org.
“The Vanishing Seattle film project is supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and the Northwest Film Forum.” All-ages
Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — South-End MLK Day Events, Vanishing Seattle Film Series, Mixed N’ Misidentified, and More!
by Eric Card and Stacy Nguyen
It’s a transition that Vu Le has been looking forward to — though he is quick to note that his days are just as busy as ever, just in a different way. Le’s calendar used to be packed with meetings, whether they be appointments with community leaders, funders, donors, other nonprofit executive director — or whether they were ardent reminders that he needed to give himself enough time to get to the airport and through security so that he didn’t miss flights that took him all over the country and the world to speak on the importance of building up powerful voices for grassroots and community-based organizations led by POCs . Continue reading After Stepping Down, Rainier Valley Corp Founding ED Vu Le Reflects on Six Years of Collaborative Leadership and Capacity Building
by Carolyn Bick
Serenaded by choruses of, “Yoisho!”, every time the mallet fell, Mochitsuki attendees tried their hand at pounding mochi dough at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington’s annual New Year’s event on January 12, 2020. Continue reading Japanese New Year Tradition Serves as Generational Bridge
by Carolyn McConnell
In the summer of 1971, my mother, age 24 and many months pregnant, came to Seattle. I don’t know how she got there, but she had little money, so she must have copped a ride or taken Greyhound. She didn’t have a place to stay, so she went to Seward Park in southeast Seattle, where there were other young people camping out, to sleep under a weeping willow along the shore of Lake Washington. Sometime that night, the police swept through, booting people out of the park. But they let my mother be. Continue reading Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away
by Marcus Harrison Green
The chronic riddle of how modern American society can make restitution for the roaring legacy of chattel slavery is the crux of decorated playwright Darren Canady’s latest work, Reparations, presented by the Sound Theatre Company and opening January 10 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Continue reading With Reparations, Playwright Darren Canady Wants America to “Piece Together Its Ghosts”