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Cultural Resilience in Seattle: A Living Timeline

By Julie-C
  • Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborer's Union Local 18257 formed under American Federal of Labor.

    Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborer's Union Local 18257 formed under American Federal of Labor.
    Cannery Workers’ and Farm Laborer’s Union (CWFLU) Local 18257 formed under American Federation of Labor (AFL). Source
  • Seattle Art Museum Opens

    Seattle Art Museum Opens
    In 1931, The new president of the Art Institute of Seattle, Dr. Richard E. Fuller, and his mother, Mrs. Margaret E. MacTavish Fuller, offer the City of Seattle $250,000 for a museum building. The City agrees to service and maintain the building if the Fullers and the museum accept responsibility for its construction, operation, and collection. The opens its doors to the public on June 29, 1933.
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    Japanese Internment

    Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced removal of 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from the west coast to internment camps including more than 7,000 from the Seattle area.
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  • Seattle Foundation Established

    Seattle Foundation Established
    Dr. Richard Fuller founds Seattle Foundation. He started also started SAM in 1930s and was one of five incorporators of the Pacific Science Center Foundation. He was a lifetime trustee of the Seattle Opera Association, the Seattle Symphony, and of PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations).
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  • Allied Arts is Formed

    Allied Arts is Formed
    The Beer & Culture Society, a small circle of academics, architects, and artists who first met in early 1952. On October 3, 1954, they convened a Congress of the Arts that established Allied Arts, which went on to play leadership roles in promoting the creation of the Seattle Arts Commission; the development of Seattle Center; the preservation of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and other historic landmarks; and other causes. Source
  • Municipal Arts Commission Founded

    An Arts Commission was created in 1955 with support of Allied Arts to advise City government regarding the artistic and cultural development of the City.
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    COINTELPRO Era

    COINTELPRO (syllabic abbreviation derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) is a series of covert and illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting American political organizations. [Source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO#:~:text=COINTELPRO%20(syllabic%20abbreviation%20derived%20from,and%20disrupting%20American%20political%20organizations.)
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    Seattle Open Housing Campaign

    Until 1968, it was legal to discriminate in Seattle when renting apartments or selling real estate. The task of securing legislation to prohibit discrimination in housing began in the late 1950s. It turned out to be a decade-long struggle. It still isn't over. Source
  • Congress of Racial Equity is Formed

    Congress of Racial Equity is Formed
    CORE sends out their first mailing to invite interested people to send a Freedom Rider to the South. They also issue a call to action in addressing discrimination in Seattle area and begin organizing. Source
  • Central Area Civil Rights Committee Formed

    Central Area Civil Rights Committee Formed
    Together the coalition professed to be the predominant, unified voice on local civil rights issues. For nearly five years, CACRC was strongly influential in determining the shape of the civil rights movement in Seattle. CACRC stood for fair housing, equal employment, and integration of schools. The organization dissolved in 1968. Source
  • JFK is Assassinated

  • Central Area Motivation Program is Founded

    Central Area Motivation Program is Founded
    The Central Area Motivation Program, or CAMP, was the first recipient in the country of federal funds from the 1964 War on Poverty legislation, and formed to administer programs in Seattle's Central District neighborhood.
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  • CORE Launches Drive for Equitable Employment

    CORE Launches Drive for Equitable Employment
    CORE launches successful campaign to end job discrimination in downtown Seattle.
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  • Civil Rights Act Passes

  • Freedom Patrols to Monitor SPD Launched

    Freedom Patrols to Monitor SPD Launched
    CORE & CAMP launch “Freedom Patrols” to monitor police. The beginning of Seattle’s police accountability movement. The tactic- in which community leaders walked behind and observed Seattle’s beat-cops in the Central District— began after SPD murdered Robert Reese in the Central District. Source
  • Malcolm X is Assassinated

  • Voting Rights Act is Passed

  • Seattle Schools Boycott & Freedom Schools

    Seattle Schools Boycott & Freedom Schools
    1966- Seattle School Boycott and the launch of Freedom Schools Initiative.
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  • Black Panther Party Founded in Oakland

  • Joe Brazil founds Black Academy of Music

    Joe Brazil founds Black Academy of Music
    Garfield Alum jazz great established the Black Academy of Music in 1967 with guitarist George Hurst. The faculty included trumpeter Floyd Standifer, saxophonist Jabo Ward, and bassist Milt Garred. The Black Student Union demanded that he be hired by the UW's School of Music andvwent on to co author their first Black Music curriculum. Source
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  • CAMP Launches the Trumpet Newspaper

    CAMP Launches the Trumpet Newspaper
    CAMP Launches Trumpet newsletter to keep community informed on vital issues.
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  • Seattle Black Panther Chapter Founded

    Seattle Black Panther Chapter Founded
    Seattle Black Panthers Chapter is founded by the Dixon brothers after Stokley Carmichael (Kwame Toure) speaks at Garfield High. It is the first chapter outside of CA.
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  • Generation Gaps on School Integration

    Generation Gaps on School Integration
    CORE and CACRC took a stance against black control of schools in the Central District in favor of closing the schools and “forcing integration” by busing black students. To many residents of the Central District and a new wave of activists, this would disadvantage CD children and was a single-minded focus on integration as a principle, rather than an emphasis on empowerment within Seattle’s black community.
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  • Black and Brown Solidarity at UW

    Black and Brown Solidarity at UW
    In the summer, BSU at the UW travels to the Yakima Valley and recruits the first major group of Chicanos to the University of Washington. An United Mexican American Students and Brown Beret Chapter was founded at UW that same year.
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  • 1st Black Bank in Seattle: Liberty Bank

    1st Black Bank in Seattle: Liberty Bank
    Seattle's first Black bank is established in the Central District. Source
  • Fair Housing Act is Passed

  • BSU Protests at UW

    BSU Protests at UW
    The UW Black Student Union occupies the administration building, demanding the implementation of recruitment programming and the establishment of black studies courses. Source
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

  • Seattle Activist Elected to National Black United Front

    Seattle Activist Elected to National Black United Front
    UBF was created in the late 1960s as a coalition of 50 black power organizations seeking to challenge white supremacy and build Black empowerment. David Mills, the director of the Seattle Central Area Registration program, was elected president in September 1968. The UBF set up 13 committees to address issues such as political action, youth, labor, housing, education, and others. Source
  • Edwin Pratt is Assassinated

    Edwin Pratt is Assassinated
    1969- Edwin Pratt, ED of Urban League, civil rights leader and housing activist is assassinated outside his Shoreline home. Black community and Pratt’s surviving colleagues suspect police collusion. Despite public records request from community and government officials in 1997, the Pratt files are still closed and inaccessible to this day. Source
  • BSU Protests at SCCC

    BSU Protests at SCCC
    SCC faced boycotts, demonstrations, and uprisings in protest of disparities which began on February 26 with a five-hour sit-in by the Black Student Union (BSU) at the office of College president Dr. Ed Erickson. Source
  • Asian Coalition for Equality is Formed

    Asian Coalition for Equality is Formed
    Rev. Mineo Katigiri forms the Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE) in 1969, and student activists (some members of ACE) formed the Oriental Student Union (OSU) at Seattle Central Community College and the UW Asian American Student Coalition (ASC) soon after, that organizations promoting a pan-Asian identity sparked a specifically Asian American movement in Seattle. Source
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  • Stonewall Rebellion

    Stonewall Rebellion
    The Stonewall Rebellion is often thought of as the first act of collective queer resistance, and the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement. The rebellion was not organized, and there were no particular leaders. Within a few months, Gay Liberation Front organizations sprang up across the nation, including the first politically active LGBTQ groups in Seattle. Source
  • Youth Square off with Police on the Ave

    Youth Square off with Police on the Ave
    Summer, 1969: Thousands of teenagers converge on the 'AVE' in Seattle's University District and battle with Seattle Police during two nights of rioting and looting. The disturbance subsides only after SPD retreats. Source
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  • Mayor Blocks Raid on Panthers

    Mayor Blocks Raid on Panthers
    Mayor Ulhman blocked a planned federal raid on the Seattle offices of the Black Panther Party, an action that earned national headlines in February 1970 along with the permanent enmity of the Nixon White House. Source
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  • Natives Reclaim Daybreak Star

    Natives Reclaim Daybreak Star
    Native American Activists, under the leadership of Bernie Whitebear take over decommissioned Fort Lawton. 18 month’s later Daybreak Star would become the first indigenous cultural center to be established through militant protest. Source
  • Did the FBI set up Larry Ward?

    Did the FBI set up Larry Ward?
    Larry Ward is killed by SPD for trying to set off a bomb that FBI recruiter Alfie Burnett gave him after Burnett failed to recruit a Seattle Black Panther for the job. Source
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  • FBI Infiltrates, Provokes Chicano Orgs

    FBI Infiltrates, Provokes Chicano Orgs
    1971- Cointelpro infiltrates and provokes Chicano organizations. COINTELPRO is unveiled as files are retreived from an FBI office. Source
  • Oriental Student Union Sit-in at Central

    Oriental Student Union Sit-in at Central
    Inspired by successful actions by BSU, OSU staged a sit-in on February 9, 1971, and took over SCCC offices more forcefully on March 2, 1971. This unfortunately included tensions with new Black President BSU helped install. Source
  • FBI Publishes Report on New Left in Seattle

    FBI Publishes Report on New Left in Seattle
  • Seattle Arts Commission is formed

    Seattle Arts Commission is formed
    On June 1, 1971, the Seattle City Council approved (via Ordinance 99982) the formation of this commission that would, in part, "initiate, sponsor or conduct, alone or in cooperation with other public or private agencies, public programs to further development and public awareness of, and interest in, the fine and performing arts". The ordinance allocated the new arts commission a budget and office space at Seattle Center. Source
  • Nixon Declares "War on Drugs"

    Nixon Declares "War on Drugs"
    In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. Source
  • 1st City-Funded Arts Festival: Bumpershoot

    1st City-Funded Arts Festival: Bumpershoot
    At the time Seattle was beginning to suffer from massive layoffs at The Boeing Company – shockingly, more than 67,500 of the 100,000-plus jobs there evaporated in just two years -- and the impact would ripple through the local economy, causing many business closures and prompting waves of locals to move away. Uhlman needed to find ways to jolt the area out of its economic doldrums and the associated emotional and cultural malaise. Source
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    Mandatory Busing to Integrate Seattle Schools

    In 1972, the Seattle School District launched the first phase of what became a decades-long experiment with mandatory busing to integrate its schools. Initially limited to a few thousand middle school students, by 1981 nearly 40 percent of all the district's students were being bused for racial reasons. It continued till 1999. Source
  • Chicano Activists Reclaim El Centro

    Chicano Activists Reclaim El Centro
    October 11, 1972, Chicano activists led by Roberto Maestas occupied the abandoned Beacon Hill School and found El Centro de la Raza. Over the next three months, protesters also staged demonstrations in the chambers of the Seattle City Council and at the offices of Seattle Mayor. The leaders of the protests were arrested. Ultimately, the Seattle School District and the City of Seattle agreed to lease the property to El Centro for $1 a year. Source
  • Asian Youth Protest Kingdome

    Asian Youth Protest Kingdome
    The Groundbreaking was supposed to be a public celebration. But Asian youth, upset that the stadium was located immediately next to Seattle's International District (ID), disrupted the event. Less than two weeks later, a march on the (HUD) offices kicked off the neighborhood's preservation movement.
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  • 1% for Arts Established

    1% for Arts Established
    Seattle Arts Commission proposed and passes one of nation's earliest 1 Percent for Art programs. Source
  • Association of Seattle Prostitutes Publishes 1st Newsletter

    Association of Seattle Prostitutes Publishes 1st Newsletter
    The Seattle chapter of Coyote, the first sex workers advocacy group, publishes its first newsletter. Source
  • Committee for Corrective Action March

    Committee for Corrective Action March
    73-75, Asian activists put heavy pressure to secure mitigation money to the International District to offset the effects of the Kingdome. These efforts culminated in a on KC executive Spellman’s office to demonstrate community support for an “8 point program” to preserve the ID. It was organized largely by Asian youth activists. Source
  • George Jackson Brigade is Founded

    George Jackson Brigade is Founded
    Taking its name from a Black Panther party member who had been killed by guards at San Quentin prison in 1971, the George Jackson Brigade sought to draw attention to abuses within the criminal justice system and to spark a guerilla war that would lead to capitalism's overthrow. The intersectional leaderless formation founded by Mark Cook operated from 1975-1978. Source
  • Office of Arts and Culture Founded

    Office of Arts and Culture Founded
    The Seattle Arts Commission is elevated to city department status by Mayor Uhlman.
  • Seattle's 1st Municipal Arts Plan

    Seattle's 1st Municipal Arts Plan
    In an effort to monitor and summarize the status of all its active 1 Percent for Art projects, and a means of establishing standardized policies guiding the interaction among various departments including Parks, Engineering, and Arts. In Dec, city zoning rules were revised -- with the input of Independent Creative Arts Project leadership -- to allow living and working spaces for artists in areas previously restricted from residential use. Source
  • Mandatory Busing Program Expanded

    Mandatory Busing Program Expanded
  • Seattle's Fat Tuesday Riots

    Seattle's Fat Tuesday Riots
    Police confront youth, who pelt them with bottles and rocks, during Fat Tuesday festival in Pioneer Square. The melees result in dozens of injured officers and spectators, and in charges of police brutality. More than 90 persons were treated at area hospitals and some 29 police officers were injured. Source
  • Hip Hop goes Mainstream

    Hip Hop goes Mainstream
    Sugar Hill's "Rappers Delight" is released, launching Hip Hop to international landscape. Source
  • Seattle Artist Housing Handbook Released

  • 1st West Coast Hip Hop Show "Freshtracks" Debuts in Seattle

    1st West Coast Hip Hop Show "Freshtracks" Debuts in Seattle
    Nasty Nes debuted the West Coast’s first ever all rap radio show “Freshtracks” on Seattle’s 1250 KFOX. Source
  • An African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in the Central District is Proposed

    The Community Exchange, a multi-racial coalition, proposed an African American museum to Mayor Charles Royer. Three years later, a task force was formed to establish such a museum and included community members Omari Tahir Garrett, Mona Bailey, Esther Mumford, Ann Gerber, P. Razz Garrison, and Janice Cate. Source
  • Graffiti Begins Making a Mark

    Graffiti Begins Making a Mark
    Specs art recalls graffiti scene emerging in Georgetown with Smash tags as well as Keep and Mr. Clean. He also cites the legendary DC3 from New York for helping spread the culture in Seattle. This year, a huge DC3 piece appeared on Pike or Pine on 2nd which was an impactful moment for the culture, and graffiti soon became widespread from the CD to West Seattle. [Source: Interview Michael "Specwizard" Hall
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    Reagonics & The Crack Era

    The presidency of Ronald Reagan marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war. Soon after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, his wife, Nancy Reagan, began a highly-publicized anti-drug campaign, coining the slogan "Just Say No." This set the stage for the zero tolerance policies implemented in the mid-to-late 1980s. [Source] https://drugpolicy.org/issues/brief-history-drug-war
  • Pinoy Labor Activists Assassinated in Seattle

    Pinoy Labor Activists Assassinated in Seattle
    Silme Domino & Gene Viernes assassinated while attempting to reform the Local 37 of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) & challenging the Marcos’ dictatorship. Source
  • Seattle Hip Hop Expo Draws Media Attention

    Seattle Hip Hop Expo Draws Media Attention
    Local Hip Hop Expo at Seattle Center garners major media attention. Source
  • Seattle NBUF Chapter Organizes Against Apartheid

    Seattle NBUF Chapter Organizes Against Apartheid
    Below is an event program from "Sharpeville Day" published by Seattle's Chapter of National Black United Front. Source
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    Seattle Teen Dance Ordinance Era

    The Teen Dance Ordinance (TDO) was conceived and passed by Seattle City Council to stop abuses at underage clubs. However the cost and restrictions that resulted for any gathering of young people outside of school were so prohibitive they essentially stopped all dances and concerts for underage youth. It wasn't until the star power of grunge brought about the music lobbying group JAMPAC that it was replaced in 2002. Learn more
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    Iran-Contra & CIA Drug Trafficking Scandal Era

    Reagan officials secretly facilitate the sale of arms in Iran during an embargo to fund the Contras in Nicaragua who are also trafficking cocaine in the US. Many have alleged the CIA's involvement. Though a senate investigation found that Contra drug links included payments to indicted drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department, the CIA has found itself innocent of these allegations twice. Source
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    1st Colman School Occupation

    In protest of the city taskforce that was moving too slow, Black activist occupy Colman school and would stay for over 8 years, one of the countries longest running acts of civil disobedience. Source
  • Seattle Brings Hip Hop to NBUF Compilation

    Seattle Brings Hip Hop to NBUF Compilation
    DI-RA Boys become only rap music featured on a NBUF compilation album "Frontliners '87". The featured song "The Times" discuss Reagan & Iran-Contra Scandal. Source Hear it
  • WA Creates Drug Nuisance Abatement Laws

    WA Creates Drug Nuisance Abatement Laws
    Established by Mark Sidran in 88 during his time at the legislature, Sidran would later apply these laws in a string of cases in late 90s as City Attorney of Seattle to target and close Black businesses and seize land from Black elders. Source
  • Feds fail to prosecute Freeway Rick for Seattle Crack

    Feds fail to prosecute Freeway Rick for Seattle Crack
    In 88, the Rick Ross organization was the most important group distributing crack in Seattle-Tacoma. Derrick Hargress was prosecuted for supplying Seattle gangs with LA coke passed through OK that Ross was sourcing. The Seattle case failed, and Ross was not prosecuted. Hargress was made to write an open letter by the judge. Source Letter
  • Steve Sneed Funds Langston with Hip Hop Theater

    Steve Sneed Funds Langston with Hip Hop Theater
    One of Seattle's "Godfathers of Hip Hop", Sneed's career at the helm of Langston began with saving the black arts theater from the chopping block by convincing the city with a hip-hop-infused youth musical. As cofounder of Sneco Productions with Reco Bembry, their team of artists provided direct generational through lines to youth empowerment through arts that is part of the regions rich lineage to this day. Source
  • Source of Labor is Formed

    Source of Labor is Formed
    Wordsayer, Negus I, DJ Kamikaze, and later, Vitamin D, played their first shows at Langston. The squad and work would evolve into Jasiri Media Group. The group was active from 1989 to 2004. Jonathan "Wordsayer" Moore's passed in 2017.
  • Olisa "Spyc-E" Enrico Begins Writing Rhymes

    Olisa "Spyc-E" Enrico Begins Writing Rhymes
    Spyc-E started writing to the beats of her sister Cynthia Johnson at the age of 12, beginning a long career that is still active through her master teaching artistry, storytelling, and cultural organizing work. Source
  • Hip Hop Theater Production "Peer Pressure" Launched

    Here is a musical selection from the Peer Pressure production featuring more than 70 youth from Seattle, many who went on to be foundational and influential artists, educators, and cultural workers who are active locally to this day. The song is called "Let's Make a Statement" and addresses issues youth face in their everyday lives. Watch Now
  • Vitamin D Hired at Langston

    Rumor has it he had rigged his keyboard to answer phones in the office. [Source: Interview]
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    Mark "Rudy Giuliani of Seattle" Sidran Era

    After a decade as a Prosecuting Attorney for King County, Sidran serves three consecutive terms as Seattle City Attorney. He is known for his "civility laws" which included legislation that criminalized poverty, expanded the powers of police, and limited accessibility of public spaces. He also is known for racist enforcement of drug nuisance abatement and property seizure law in the CD. Source
  • Criminal Nation drops "Release the Pressure"

    Criminal Nation drops "Release the Pressure"
    D-Rob, Spade, Bumpy, MC Deff/Wojack, D-Wiz, Clee-Bone and Eugenius form Criminal Nation in Tacoma, dropping this first album on NastyMix. The single charted 17 in the nation.
  • Music Inner City is Launched

    Music Inner City is Launched
    Gordon Curvey debuted Music Inner City TV on public access before moving to Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand/Western Washington state/24-7/"get local" and then "around the sound", Music Inner City News Magazine, and Sports Inner City Online. [Source]
  • Ghetto Children is Formed

    Ghetto Children is Formed
    Vitamin D and B-Self form legendary group in midst of civic resistance to Hip Hop. Source
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  • CooloutTV Network Debuts

    CooloutTV Network Debuts
    Georgio Brown launch a weekly program on Seattle public-access channel SCAN. Today, Coolout TV is one of the nation’s longest-running hip-hop video series, mashing up interviews and concert footage from the best artists in the local scene. Georgio's Coolout Academy opened in 2020 in Washington Hall. Source
  • Central District Protests Weed & Seed Plans

    Central District Protests Weed & Seed Plans
    Community members raise concern and opposition to Weed & Seed, which would bring, harsh sentencing guidelines, risk of state benefits, housing, and other civil liberties loss to the CD. Source
  • Hip Hop Conference at Festival Sundiata

    Seattle's first Hip Hop Conference is held at Festival Sundiata [Source: Interview]
  • Silas Blak hired at Boys & Girls Club

    The Black Stax/Blakwizard emcee begins youth service work at Boys and Girls Club right around time of Squire Park resign when trees were getting installed as a part of the Weed & Seed program. [Source: Interview]
  • Seattle Commons Committee Formed

    Seattle Commons Committee Formed
    Local committee is formed to fund a public park project called Seattle Commons in South Lake Union. This would be catalyst to Paul Allen/Vulcan's first property in South Lake Union which was purchased for this park. Vulcan Timeline
  • Moore Paine is Formed

    Moore Paine is Formed
    The two brothers have their first debut at a show at Mt. Zion. [Source: Interview Ariel Paine]
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    The Flavor Magazine Era

    The Flavor was an internationally distributed, volunteer-ran Hip Hop magazine that was founded by Allison Pilmer in Seattle and ran from 1992-1996. It had a circulation of 70,000 at its peak. Learn more
  • Seattle gets Weed & Seed

    Seattle gets Weed & Seed
    Seattle Police Department is included in federal Weed and Seed grant program. Black community begins to organize to mitigate impact in what will be a decades long struggle for justice and cultural/community preservation in place. Source
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  • Rodney King Uprisings

    Rodney King Uprisings
    Unrest erupts in Seattle following the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers for the beating of Rodney King. The unrest continues the following night. A total of 150 persons are arrested in the next two nights. Source
  • Youth Late Night Programs Established

    Youth Late Night Programs Established
    What became a nationally adopted model of youth cultural service began at Garfield Community Center when Reco Bembry and James King recognized young people they served on the news at the Rodney King uprisings in Seattle. Seattle Parks launched the model which got adopted all over the country. In 2019 Seattle celebrated 30 years of success for this program. Source
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot Releases "Baby Got Back"

    Sir Mix-A-Lot Releases "Baby Got Back"
    The single spends 5 weeks on the top of the charts.
  • Downtown Shooting at Ice Cube Show

    A brawl and shooting at an Ice Cube Show in Paramount quietly leads to the ousting of hip hop from downtown Seattle Source
  • Tribal Music is Formed

    Tribal Music is Formed
    Vitamin D founds Tribal Music. Artists include Ghetto Children, Infinite, Narcotik (The Note and Tizzy-T), Phat Mob (D-Uneek, E-Wreck & Poetry), Samson S, Shahrazad, Sho Nuff, Sinsemilla (H-Bomb & Topspin), T.H.C., Truth, and Union of Opposites. Source
  • Jasiri Media Group is Founded

    Jasiri Media Group is Founded
    Jonathan "Wordsayer" Moore, Erika “Kylea” White, and Tookas found Jasiri Media Group, a label that would release local music and produce Hip Hop events including the famed "Sure Shot Sundays", and act as unofficial interface between civic entities and Hip Hop.
  • Alpha P is Formed

    Alpha P is Formed
    By Drew Pollock and others at Washington Middle School. The loose squad would become well known for cyphers at Westlake on 4th and Pine.
  • Voters Reject Seattle Commons

    Voters Reject Seattle Commons
    Seattle Voters rejected the $111 million property-tax levy that would be required for the park project, some fearful it would gentrify the area, and Paul Allen went on to develop the South Lake Union land into millions of square feet of office space, including Amazon's headquarters, through Vulcan Source
  • Street Level Records Founded

    Street Level Records Founded
    Street Level Records, founded in 1996 by owner and in-house producer David Severance III (aka D-Sane), got its start with the formation of the label’s first signature group, “Full Time Soldiers” (F.T.S.). Source
  • Clinton Signs Telecom Act

    Clinton Signs Telecom Act
    The first overhaul of media in over 62 years, this single piece of legislation eliminated diversity of media ownership and has resulted in more and more corporate consolidation. Independent media would have to struggle to exist forever more. The result was and still is devastating. Source
  • Vulcan Starts Planning South Lake Union

    Vulcan Starts Planning South Lake Union
    Vulcan begins planning South Lake Union. The Art bar was popping in this era. Source
  • 14 Fathoms Deep is Released

    14 Fathoms Deep is Released
    Tribal releases 14 Fathoms Deep Compilation with Loose Groove/Sony. Source
  • Self-Tightld Drops 1st Album

    Self-Tightld Drops 1st Album
    Self-Tightld drops first album, another in 2000, then again in 2002. Source
  • Seaspot Media is Founded

    Seaspot Media is Founded
    Since 1998, the staff and founder of Seaspot Magazine (part of The Seaspot Media Group) located at the edge of the comforts of the international district just outside of downtown Seattle, have delivered the image, news, substance, culture and vibe of the Pacific Northwest's urban community
  • HUD Funds Pacific Place

    HUD Funds Pacific Place
    As part of his “Downtown Revitalization” legacy, Mayor Norm Rice pays 73 million for Pacific Place, 23 million over its value, 22 million of which was siphoned from HUD money (as Yesler Terrace was deteriorating) a move so grimy that it would later dead his chance at being Obama’s HUD director year later on in his political career. Source
  • Who Really Runs Seattle? Expose

    Who Really Runs Seattle? Expose
    Mark Worth writes “Who Really Runs Seattle?” Expose, an interesting power map of the city
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  • Poetry Experience is Founded

    Poetry Experience is Founded
    Poetry Experience was co-founded in 1998 by Randee Eddins (founder of AAWA Afrikan American Writers Alliance) and Rajnii Eddins as an all ages writing and sharing circle. Originally it was hosted at Douglass Truth Library and then moved shortly after to Langston. Many of Seattle's poets, teaching artists,singers songwriters and and emcees found in PE an open space to share and grow together. Source
  • JAMPAC and Music & Youth Taskforce Begin Meetings

    JAMPAC and Music and Youth task force met for 18 months, and get city council to dead the Teen Dance Ordinance, but this is vetoed by Mayor Paul Schell. Source
  • Old Dominion Founded

    Old Dominion Founded
    In infamous Bothell house in Portland
  • Hip Hop 101 is Founded

    Hip Hop 101 is Founded
    MadKrew launches Hip Hop 101 on public access television, and the show would continue in some iteration for 20 years. Source
  • Felony Ent. hosts 'The Creep Show'

    At the non-alcoholic teen club. The Back 40. One of the few clubs that they had where teens could perform at in Tacoma, WA. It was a sober club.
  • Jasiri brings Sureshot Sundays to Sit-n-Spin

    Jasiri brings Sureshot Sundays to Sit-n-Spin
    Jasiri Media group begins producing SureShot Sundays at the Sit n Spin in Belltown featuring local artists and cyphers. Dave Meinert is booking agent at the time. This joint pizzeria, laundry mat, coffee shop, and all-ages performance venue became major galvanizing point for Seattle's Hip Hop community. Source
  • Allied Arts Mediates Development Beef

    Allied Arts mediates dissent between small and big business in Pacific Pike/Pine E. Source
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    WTO Uprising

    So much to say. Source
  • Vulcan Real Estate is Born

    Vulcan Real Estate is Born
  • Mayor Blames Hip Hop, Community Rallies

    Mayor Blames Hip Hop, Community Rallies
    Seattle Hip Hop organizes rally downtown after Mayor Paul Schell blames hip hop for the Bohemian shooting. Source
  • Vera Project is Founded

    Vera Project is Founded
    The Vera Project's first event was held at the IBEW Local 46 and featured local artists The Murder City Devils, Botch and The Blood Brothers. Almost 1,000 people attended including local press and city officials. It would move to Seattle Center campus in 2007. Source
  • Seattle Mardi Gras Riot

    Seattle Mardi Gras Riot
    Seattle Mardi Gras riot broke out in the Pioneer Square during Mardi Gras celebrations. About 70 people were reported injured. One man, Kris Kime, died of injuries sustained during an attempt to assist a woman. Responses during and after the event by both the Mayor and Chief of Police were met with intense scrutiny. News coverage was racist as hell. The incident resulted in new permitting laws for events in Seattle. Source
  • SPD Murders Aaron Roberts

    SPD Murders Aaron Roberts
    Unarmed Aaron Roberts is killed in the CD by police. The CD protests for three days. Source
  • Yesler Terrace Demolition is Announced

    Yesler Terrace Demolition is Announced
    Community receives first word that Yesler Terrace is to be demolished. Source
  • Rise of the Creative Class Published

    Rise of the Creative Class Published
    This book by Urbanist Richard Florida on “Creative Cities” becomes very influential in municipal policies across US. Seattle will become one of most studied examples of the double edged sword this becomes. The disparity in economic growth that resulted from his theory was so atrocious he attempted to follow up 15 years later with "New Urban Crisis". Source
  • Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Founded

    Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Founded
    Wyking Garrett first convenes Seattle's Hip Hop Summit Action Network and youth council. [Source: Interview]
  • Mudede Apologizes to Hip Hop

    Mudede Apologizes to Hip Hop
  • Concuss Creations is Founded

    Concuss Creations is Founded
    Concuss is founded by Rob Castro at Monkey Loft in SODO. [Source: Interview, Castro]
  • Nas and Kiya serve on Mayor Nickel's Youth Council

  • 206 Zulu is Founded

    206 Zulu is Founded
    206 Zulu is founded by Khazm with original members from Madk, Alpha P, Project Mayhem, and Coolout Network. [Source: Interview, Khazm]
  • Larrys Nightclub Draws Scrutiny

    Larrys Nightclub Draws Scrutiny
    Closing time fights at Larry's, Pioneer Square's only Hip Hop club, begins to draw scrutiny from neighbors, police, and liquor control board. [Source] https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/pioneer-square-off/Content?oid=18410
  • Vulcan Snags Amazon

    Vulcan Snags Amazon
    Amazon solves Vulcan's most daunting challenge: figuring out a business plan in one of the worst commercial real-estate climates in history, by committing to lease in South Lake Union. Source
  • Keblas Leads Office of Film and Music

    Keblas Leads Office of Film and Music
    James Keblas, one of the co-founders of Vera Project, becomes director of Office of Film and Music. Launches “City of Music” Initiative. He would be in this position until 2014. Source
  • Major School Closures Announced

    Major School Closures Announced
    Citing budget deficits, Seattle School District proposes closure of 10 schools in 2006-2007. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/10-seattle-schools-targeted-for-closure/
  • 206 Proof Launched

    206 Proof Launched
    Larry Mizell and Cancer Rising crew launches 206Proof message board, which would be a hot mess of utility until 2009ish when servers crashed and all was lost. [Source: Interview, Mizel]
  • Hidmo Opens on Jackson

    Hidmo Opens on Jackson
    Rahwa and Asmeret Habte open Hidmo on 20th & Jackson. The space would be transformative for the art and culture community for years to come. Source
  • Hip Hop Rallies for DJ DVOne

    Hip Hop Rallies for DJ DVOne
    Hip Hop community rallies behind DJ DVOne after he and his daughter were attacked by SPD, hold huge photo shoot of support. Source
  • Hip Hop Coalition Meetings at Langston

    A young Julie-C begins organizing with 206-wide Urban Arts Community Meeting at Langston Hughes. Source
  • Weak Promises from SHA about Yesler Terrace

    Weak Promises from SHA about Yesler Terrace
    Head of SHA Tierney promises to replace all existing apartments within two blocks of Yesler Terrace, saying this was “good enough”, despite the notes from citizen committee meetings on SHA website. Source
  • Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center is Estalbished

    Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center is Estalbished