Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pub Night Talks

Seeking Freedom in the Pacific Northwest: The Early History of Blacks in Seattle and King County

Pub Night Talks

Anderson School - Haynes' Hall

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. program


All ages welcome

About Seeking Freedom in the Pacific Northwest: The Early History of Blacks in Seattle and King County

Seeking Freedom in the Pacific Northwest: The Early History of Blacks in Seattle and King County

Presented by Professor Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington

The early narrative of black Seattle and King County differs from so many histories of African Americans in the East and the South.  Blacks here were not herded into slums or ghettos.  They lived throughout Seattle and King County.  Black-owned businesses had a customer base that include all residents, not just other African Americans and in fact there were more black-owned businesses in proportion to the African American population than there are today.  Both blacks in Seattle and prominent black visitors to the city felt it offered more opportunities for racial equality and economic progress than almost any other in the nation.  My talk will explain how that situation arose at the beginning of the history of Seattle and King County.  It will also explore how and why those conditions went away in the early part of the 20th century and the consequences of that change on today’s community

About the Speaker:
Dr. Taylor is a renowned scholar of African American history, African American history in the West and global African history. He has more than four decades of research and teaching experience in this field at a number of institutions of higher education including currently the University of Washington, Seattle. His interest continues to be driven by the desire to understand African American communities in a region that historically has not been identified with black history and culture. Understanding that history allows challenges to long held paradigms about both the history of the west as a region and the history of African America. In recent years he has taught courses at both the graduate level on African American urban history and African American urban history in the West. He has also taught the department’s graduate seminar in African American history.


Widely published and a frequent visiting lecturer domestically and internationally, one of Dr. Taylor’s most-lasting contributions is the creation of BlackPast.org, a nonprofit organization and 13,000-page website that brings together impressive volumes of African American history. As the site says, “Featuring nine bibliographies of over 5,000 books and distinct sections to aid classroom teaching and learning, this tool is an invaluable resource to K-12 educators, scholars and the general public.”

About Pub Night Talks

Pub Night Talks

The University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins co-sponsor this speaker series in which university faculty and other notables from the community share their expertise through entertaining and informal talks. Learn about interesting topics and issues of the day while enjoying the hospitality of Anderson School’s Haynes’ Hall. It's like being back in the classroom -- except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp