State of Africatown 2021: Where Do We Go From Here?

The State of Africatown is back, in its 8th annual edition, to provide Seattle’s African American and African Diaspora community with news they can use to continue to strengthen, develop and thrive.

Saturday, February 20
10am - 1pm

Answering the question Where Do We Go From Here?, this year’s power-packed line up of activists, politicians, organizers and community members are converging on Africatown’s virtual platform to address the current challenges, opportunities, strategic goals and visions for 2021 and beyond.
Africatown will honor Elder of Distinction, Gus Newport, former Mayor of Berkeley, CA, who helped found the Organization of African American Unity with Malcolm X and was a former member of the United Nations Committee Against Apartheid. His current expertise includes community land trusts, developing affordable housing, establishing community mental health services and promoting small businesses.
National organizations LIFE Camp, Inc, founded by Erica Ford; GirlTrek, co-founded by Vanessa Smith Garrison; and the ZOLA Experience, founded by Katurah Bryant will share proven solutions that address community trauma, health and healing.
New York State Assemblyman, the Hon. Charles Barron, Assemblyman representing Brooklyn’s 60th District and Majestic Lane, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Pittsburgh will speak to how they use their positions to put the needs of their most vulnerable constituencies first by prioritizing affordable housing, business development, health care and business opportunities.
The Hon. Dawn Mason, Former State Representative and Co-Convener of TAAAG will join current local elected officials Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilman, District 2 and Kristen Harris-Talley, State Representative, District 37 in giving their assessments and action plans for how they will serve the Black community through the legislative process.
Local community builders Munira Mohamed, Executive Director, East African Community Services, TreaAnna Holiday, Director of Media, King County Equity Now, Yordanos Tefari, Esq. of the Multicultural Center, Dominique Davis, Executive Director of Community Passageways and Inye Wokoma, Co-Founder Wa Na Wari will share strategies for creating spaces for Seattle's Black community to grow and thrive.
Youth organizers Cashayla Rodgers and Elijah L. Lewis, Founder of Flourish Financial are slated to share their vision of how to meet the needs of Black youth and how to support them in moving forward.  
And Africatown Community Land Trust CEO, K. Wyking Garrett will give the convening statement, sharing last year’s accomplishments and a strategic outlook 2021 and beyond in his State of Africatown address.
This is not to be missed!

Tickets are free - register here.

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