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Community Support and Justice: Black Community

This guide is a collection of King County resources for our diverse community, as well as a statement of support for all of our students.

About this Guide

Our communities have a great deal of support in King County, and knowing where to look for assistance and camaraderie in stressful times is important. Remember, we are stronger together!

In response to the ongoing attacks on members of our Asian American & Pacific Islander communities, the library is compiling this expanding our list of resources with organizations and activities recommended by our campus colleagues.  Ask a librarian about strategies to combat the misinformation that feeds anti-Asian violence.

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Community Resources

African American Leadership Forum NW:   The African American Leadership Forum is a movement of African American Leaders that understands, values, and leverages “the power of the collective.” We are united together to bring about positive social change in the greater Seattle African American community. We engage in deliberative dialogue and collective action to address the most critical issues affecting the well-being of all African American individuals and families in Greater King County. 

Black Dot Collective: Black Dot is a culturally responsive community for Black entrepreneurs. We provide space, knowledge, and support for creatives to operate and grow their business."

 Ending the Prison Industrial Complex "End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a community group working to stop the construction of the proposed new youth jail in King County, Washington. EPIC operates with staff support from the American Friends Service Committee and includes members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, the People’s Institute Northwest, and the community-at-large."


 Black Power Epicenter  "Black Power Epicenter is a social, cultural, and political anti-racist, black liberation organizing space for Seattle and surrounding areas." 

Black Heritage Society: "The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. was first proposed in 1977 and became incorporated in 1982.  Archiving, preserving, collecting and sharing the history of African Americans in Washington State are the priorities that shape the BHS mission. BHS collections are a protected resource and public asset that chronicles the past to inform all communities and future generations.  

Northwest African American Museum: "Our mission is to spread knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all. We accomplish our mission by working with others to present and preserve the connections between the Pacific Northwest and people of African descent; and to investigate and celebrate Black experiences in America through exhibitions, programs and events. 

Professional Women of Color Network:  The Professional Women of Color Network was founded by Meko L. Lawson in 2002 out of a desire to create a business resource for all Professional Women of Color in the Pacific Northwest.  Due to an incredible demand, PWOCN grew to a national level reaching out to women of color all around the world in an effort to create opportunities for networking across the globe!

Seattle Black MBA Association: We are a group of professionals dedicated to advancing our careers, enriching our personal and professional experience, investing in the leaders of tomorrow, and driving impact in our communities. Our Vision? To be the center of impact for a community of diverse professionals in the Seattle area.

UMOJA P.E.A.C.E:    "a youth-focused, community-based cultural center in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. The mission of the center is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.). The center includes audio recording and video production studios, computer lab, library/reading room and organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden. The center provides out of school enrichment activities in the areas of music, digital media production, leadership development and social entrepreneurship for youth and young adults who live in and come to the Central District. UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is fiscally sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Group"  

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: The League has historically focused its community work in education, employment, health and housing with Seattle’s disenfranchised African-American community.