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October 10, 2015

Editor's Note: We received the sobering news that Bob Santos passed away on Saturday Aug. 27, 2016 at the age of 82. See this story from the Seattle Times about the powerful ripple his life made through the many communities that he touched. 

He is known as Uncle Bob, but his avuncular demeanor belies his passion, determination and success as a longtime community activist. Bob Santos is a Seattle icon. Along with Roberto Maestas, Bernie Whitebear and Larry Gossett, he became part of a powerful alliance that brought major change to Seattle in civil rights and social justice. The story of how the four leaders from four different communities came together to make history is chronicled in The Gang of Four, a book co-authored by Santos and Gary Iwamoto. In an insightful and humorous conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, Santos talks about growing up in Seattle’s Asian community, his journey into community and political activism that included an encounter with serial killer Ted Bundy and the exploits and close friendship of the Gang of Four.

Watch More About Bob Santos and His Legacy: 

Speaking History: StoryCorps Visits Seattle

Uncle Bob and Luzviminda "Lulu" Carpenter talk about his experiences living and working in the International District.


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