Selma Is Now
The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches has gotten a lot of attention both in Seattle and throughout the nation. (Watch President Obama's commemorative speech from Selma last Saturday.)
The images of police assaulting marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge are even more harrowing when taken in the context of recent incidents of violence against young African American at the hands of the law. And even though the marches led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, those very rights continue to be a political issue in this country; in 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back part of the landmark act and meanwhile states are passing voter-ID laws that are widely seen as an attempt to disenfranchise minorities.
The Seattle Public Library, The Seattle Times, and the UW Department of Communication host an evening of reflection on how the events 50 years ago shaped our national identity, and how far we have yet to go to see through the dreams of the Selma marchers. Professor David Domke and others lead a night of storytelling and music.
Selma Is Now, Thu, Mar 12, 6:15pm, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Free
Beyond Ebola Benefit Performance
The Ebola scare in the U.S. came and went in a matter of months—but for Guineans and others in West Africa, the outbreak continues to take its toll. The outbreak has resulted in profound financial stresses, including restrictions on travel, resource scarcity, and escalating prices on basic necessities in affected countries. Hosted by the Guinea Arts Cooperative, the Beyond Ebola benefit showcases an evening of Guinean music, dance, and storytelling by a number of talented performers and artists.
Tickets are $20, which will buy a half sack of rice ($40 will buy a whole sack, and donations are encouraged). Funds will be used to meet the needs of artists' family members and extended networks in Guinea who are being impacted by the outbreak. Additionally, part of the funds will be earmarked to support the United Nations WFP.
Beyond Ebola Benefit Performance, Fri, Mar 13, 7:30pm, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre at University of Washington, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, $20
Conversations on the future of the Central District have been gaining momentum, and Black Seattle 2035 will provide a platform for "collectively visioning, planning, and networking about the future of the Black/African diaspora community in Seattle’s Central District and beyond."
If you care about gentrification, community displacement, and the preservation of neighborhood history, this is going to be a crucial opportunity to get involved in the conversation. The night is also hosted and sponsored by the Africatown/Central District Preservation and Development Coalition. Stop by to catch a glimpse of what community builders are doing in the Central District.
Black Seattle 2035: Visions for Our Future, Sat, Mar 14, 11am, Monica's Village Place, 140 23rd Ave S, Free
Send the details to Atoosa Moinzadeh at [email protected]