Black History Month

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February is Black History Month!  This month is dedicated to honoring the achievements and contributions of African Americans.  HOT 103-7 celebrates those who have and are currently blazing trails and creating a different future for today’s children.  


The country has come a long way in regards to how we view culture and equality.  Several important activists throughout history are from right here in the Pacific Northwest.  The University of Washington’s Civil Rights & Labor History Project has put together a fantastic collection of resources including an oral history of activism, short films, research projects, newspaper reports, photos and historical documents.

The civil rights leaders highlighted include:

Belle Alexander – A “Rosie the Riveter” and one of the first African Americans to work at Boeing Aircraft.

John H. Adams – A pastor of First AME Church in the 60’s who helped shape Seattle civil rights struggles.

Vivian Caver – With over 50 years of civic service in Seattle’s African American Community, her work includes civil rights advocacy, Urban League desegregation campaigns in the 40’s, open housing campaigns of the 60’s and serving as Vice Chair and later Chair of the Seattle Human Rights Department.

Aaron Dixon – Co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party.  Aaron helped start the Black Student Union at the University of Washington.

Dorothy Hollingsworth – A social worker who became active in the Christian Friends for Racial Equality, the Central Area Civil Rights Committee and Model Cities.  She was the first black woman elected to the Seattle School Board.

Samuel McKinney – Rev. McKinney came to Seattle in the 50’s and led Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 40 years.  He played a key role in the civil rights mobilizations of the 60’s.  In 1961, he arranged the only Seattle visit for his former classmate, Martin Luther King Jr.

Dive deeper into these activists’ stories and more by visiting the UW Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project at Depts.Washington.edu/civilr/.