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The Whitest City in America? African American Influence on the History of Seattle

In his 2016 lecture, The Whitest City in America? African American Influence on the History of Seattle, Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr. explored Seattle’s African American history and how the city’s changing demographics influence its future. On October 27, 2014 an article appeared in The Seattle Times indicating that the city was moving in the opposite direction of most major American urban areas, even suburban King County, by becoming whiter. While Taylor’s lecture won’t challenge that assertion, it will examine the ways in which African Americans over the past 165 years have had disproportionate influence on Seattle’s culture and politics. Even in one of the whitest cities of the nation, Dr. Taylor’s talk will explore why black history matters here to all Seattleites.

2016 Denny Lecture with Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr.

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MOHAI’s annual Denny Lecture presents the very best in regional historical scholarship.

In his 2016 lecture, The Whitest City in America? African American Influence on the History of Seattle, Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr. explores Seattle’s African American history and how the city’s changing demographics influence its future. On October 27, 2014 an article appeared in The Seattle Times indicating that the city was moving in the opposite direction of most major American urban areas, even suburban King County, by becoming whiter. While Taylor’s lecture won’t challenge that assertion, it will examine the ways in which African Americans over the past 165 years have had disproportionate influence on Seattle’s culture and politics. Even in one of the whitest cities of the nation, Dr. Taylor’s talk will explore why black history matters here to all Seattleites.

Specializing in African American history in the west, Dr. Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, editor of the book series Race and Culture in the American West, and founder of BlackPast.org.

Cost:
Members: $5
General Public: $10

Location: MOHAI

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