The Forging of a Black Community
Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era
- PUBLISHED: June 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: African American Studies, History, Pacific Northwest
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 426 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 32 b&w illus., 7 maps, 18 tables
- SERIES: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography
- ISBN: 9780295750415
Seattle's first black resident was a sailor named Manuel Lopes who arrived in 1858 and became the small community's first barber. He left in the early 1870s to seek economic prosperity elsewhere, but as Seattle transformed from a stopover town to a full-fledged city, African Americans began to stay and build a community. By the early twentieth century, black life in Seattle coalesced in the Central District, a four-square-mile section east of downtown. Black Seattle, however, was never a monolith. Through world wars, economic booms and busts, and the civil rights movement, black residents and leaders negotiated intragroup conflicts and had varied approaches to challenging racial inequity. Despite these differences, they nurtured a distinct African American culture and black urban community ethos. With a new foreword and afterword, this second edition of The Forging of a Black Community is essential to understanding the history and present of the largest black community in the Pacific Northwest.
Authors & Contributors
Quintard Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History and professor emeritus at the University of Washington. Quin'Nita Cobbins-Modica is assistant professor of history at Seattle Pacific University. Albert S. Broussard is Cornerstone Faculty Fellow and professor of history at Texas A&M University. Norm Rice was Seattle's mayor from 1990 to 1997.
In this masterful and meticulously researched account spanning a century, Taylor weaves together a rich cultural legacy of a people, separated from the most populous black sections of the nation, who fashioned a vibrant community with very little resources.- from the foreword by Quin'Nita Cobbins-Modica
A powerful chronicle of the African American presence in Seattle over the last century.- from the foreword by Norm Rice, former mayor of Seattle