Civil Rights in the 1940s: When Seattle began to grow up

photo used with permission, Museum of History & Industry, Post-Intelligencer CollectionThe 1940’s were times of change for Seattle, as the world war and social pressures associated with it brought the beginnings of maturity to the city. Seattle’s African American citizens experienced much of this change directly. Populations from the south, and elsewhere in the country, were drawn to better-paying war work in Seattle and brought cultural conflict. Discriminatory housing practices meant crowded living conditions in often substandard housing. Continue reading “Civil Rights in the 1940s: When Seattle began to grow up”

At the River I Stand screening at the Douglass-Truth Branch

Click here to view At the River I Stand in SPL catalogAt the River I Stand, a film detailing the strike of Memphis sanitation workers in 1968 will be screened at Douglass-Truth Branch in the Gayton Family Meeting Room on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

King went to Memphis to support and advise the strike, and there he lost his life. Continue reading “At the River I Stand screening at the Douglass-Truth Branch”

Seattle’s Negro Repertory Program

Ethelmarie Hubbard Collection of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.

On Saturday, December 1st, the Douglass-Truth Branch will host a lecture and Q&A session on the Negro Repertory Company in Seattle. The program will be provided by Dr. Barry Witham, emeritus professor of Theatre at the University of Washington.

A federally-funded theater program, the Negro Repertory Company was a project of the Works Progress Administration. The Company offered employment to African-American actors, dancers, musicians and singers during the hard years of the Depression, and entertainment to the citizens of Seattle. Continue reading “Seattle’s Negro Repertory Program”

History Through Photographs of Capitol Hill

Chanslor Lyon Auto Building
‘Re-photograph’ of Intersection of 12th Ave. and Union Street, Seattle

For such a young city, Seattle revels in its history—neighborhoods celebrate their past, historical buildings are preserved in debate-filled public exchanges between developer and citizen, individuals trace their family and community history through genealogy and archival research. Everybody seems to have a strong sense of the past—their own, and the city’s. Continue reading “History Through Photographs of Capitol Hill”

Book Banning Lives!

Librarians, almost universally, are hostile to the idea of denying access to information. Every year, we honor the survival of literature against the onslaught of book banners and information suppressors with displays and programming to call the community’s attention to the fight. There is even a week set aside to memorialize what we regard as the noblest of struggles. This year, Banned Books Week is September 30−October 6, 2012, so we are in the midst of it right now. Our Teen Librarians have a series on important books which captured the attention of banners on their blog Push to Talk. Look for displays and other information on Banned Books Week throughout the library system.