UPDATE (2/24/2015 at 3:43 p.m.): There has been a last minute change in location. The event will be held at Bannan Auditorium Rm102, Bannan Science Building, Seattle University. It is no longer at “Wyckoff” Auditorium as was previously listed.
In observance of Black History Month, the Seattle Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) will be holding “Black, Blue, and Brown—A Talk About Race”, a symposium to raise awareness on race issues. FANHS recognizes that the struggle for social justice and racial equality is an ongoing history. Community panelists and audience members are invited to discuss their perspectives.
The shared histories of Brown and Black communities during the Civil Rights era in Seattle will be a highlight. The local history of Filipino Americans and African Americans will be remembered and current social topics will be addressed at a community symposium. Ideas on the past, present, and future will be shared by panelists, historians, and community activists at the event.
“What’s going on today is history repeating itself,” FANHS executive director and founder Dorothy Cordova said. “We don’t always learn from the past. Racially motivated killings are happening all the time. It’s like the 1940s and 1950s. They just happen in different ways.”
“Black, Blue, and Brown—A Talk About Race” is also sponsored by Seattle University’s United Filipino Club, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The event is free and open to the public. Our six panelists include educators, justice advocates, law enforcement, and artists. FANHS seeks to talk with our community, engage our institutions, and bring positive change through education.
For the new generation, Cordova says, “Young people need to know that we didn’t always have the freedoms we use.”
• Annie Galarosa: Emeritus Faculty Seattle Colleges, Pinay Activist
• Tyrone Brown: SU Alumni and Staff Member, MORAL MONDAYS at SU: #BlackLivesMatter Initiative
• Seattle Police Department: East Precinct representatives (tentative)
• Jason Davison: community educator, co-owner of Cortona Cafe & Jubilee Church Pastor
• Marisa Ordonia: SU School of Law, Leadership for Justice Fellow, Staff attorney at TeamChild
• Dajeanne Washington: Sullivan Scholar, member of Black Student Union & United Filipino Club
“Black, Blue, and Brown—A Talk About Race” happens Wednesday, February 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bannan Auditorium Rm102, Bannan Science Building, Seattle University. Free admission.