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Community Profile: Linda Taylor Increasing Black Homeownership For 26 Years

“Many people are denied a loan, not because they are uncreditworthy but because they have inaccuracies on their credit report.” ~ Linda Tayor, VP of Housing & Financial Empowerment at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle For the past 26 years, Linda Taylor has been working in the Seattle area… [ Keep reading ]

Community Profile: Dennis Comer – Executive Director at Central Area Collaborative

Dennis Comer is a member of the Department of Neighborhoods’ Generational Wealth Initiative cohort and a designer of the pilot project Community Controlled Capital. “Community Controlled Capital is a direct attempt at bypassing systemic racist financial institution practices that prevent minority-owned small businesses the opportunity to receive fair treatment in… [ Keep reading ]

The Griot Party Experience Amplifies Black Storytelling in Seattle

Seattle-based educator, artist, and activist, Logic Amen, hosted The Griot Party Experience on January 13, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. The event was made possible by a special collaboration between Amen and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Moving performances and powerful storytelling rooted in the Griot tradition were… [ Keep reading ]

A 2024 Guide to Black History Month Events in Seattle

Let’s celebrate the contributions of the African American community by attending a Black History Month event in Seattle. February is filled with dozens of interesting events throughout the city —art exhibitions, workshops, discussions, storytelling, and more. Explore, connect, and attend. Upcoming Black History Month Events Art Talks, Workshops, and Movies… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy: Local Events and Story Highlights

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 15! In the spirit of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) everyone at Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is looking forward to celebrating the life and contributions of this inspiring human rights hero. Here are some local MLK Day events and a few… [ Keep reading ]

Our 2023 Community Impacts and Setting Our Aspirations for 2024

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) proudly stands as a beacon of community empowerment and positive transformation. Over the past 12 months, DON has been at the forefront of impactful initiatives, contributing significantly to the well-being of our diverse communities. Looking Back Here are some highlights of how… [ Keep reading ]

Night of Storytelling in the Central District

Join us for an unforgettable night of live performances, music, and dancing at “The Griot Party Experience” on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at 8 pm at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. At this free, in-person event, which is funded in part by the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), talented artists such… [ Keep reading ]

How Gumbo took the Land Back

by Christopher Rachal When I think of Land Back I think of my Ancestors. I try to remember them each day. How they came together in the midst of war, slavery, genocide. Things we don’t like to think about somehow bound them together. All that grief spilling off that Trail… [ Keep reading ]

Nosotros venimos para darle una mejor vida a los hijos de mis hijos by Aviona Brown

Nosotros venimos para darle una mejor vida a los hijos de mis hijos By Aviona Brown “Nosotros venimos para darle una mejor vida a los hijos de mis hijos.” -mi tatada abuela Rodriguez/Balderas. This was the same sentiment that motivated my mom to move out to Seattle, the same creed… [ Keep reading ]

“Honor & Care” event supports and celebrates Black childcare providers

In the fall of 2022, the Seattle affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute, BCDI-Seattle organized an event that served and celebrated Black childcare providers. The event, Honor & Care, focused on sharing resources and information and recognizing the hard work and dedication of workers in the childcare industry…. [ Keep reading ]