Seattle Civil Rights in the 1960s

Seattle Civil Rights
April 21, 2011 in Seattle, WA

Meet Joan Durning and Joan Singler, two of the authors of the newly released book, "Seattle in Black and White: The Congress of Racial Equality and the Fight for Equal Opportunity," as they recall the emotions and intensity of this pivotal and highly charged time in Seattle's history.

Seattle was a avery different city in 1960. There were no black bus drivers, sales clerks, or bank tellers; black children rarely attended the same schools as white children; and few black people lived outside of the Central District. In 1960, Seattle was one of more than one hundred cities to support an active CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) chapter.

"Seattle in Black and White" tells the local, Seattle story about this national movement to bring about a more integrated and just society.

Also, meet Benjameen Quarless, a Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) student, who is among 40 college students nationwide selected for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a 10-day journey May6-16 that will trace the route taken by the original freedom riders of 1961 (from Washington, DC to New Orleans). The ride will mark the 50th anniversary of the original freedom rides and coincide with the premiere of the film, "Freedom Riders," to be aired on KCTS 9 on Monday, May 16, 2011.

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