During an era when African Americans were denied the opportunity to freely and fully participate in society, black women and men formed their own networks. They laid the foundation for organizations like the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA branch, which was established in Seattle’s Central Area in 1919 and continues to serve the black community here 100 years later at the East Cherry Branch YWCA.
Thanks to all of these women and countless others (too many whose stories remain untold), the region we live in today is a better place. By understanding their history, we can better prepare and take action for the future. To learn more about their stories and local black history, check out the links below.
- Madame Luella Boyer
- Corrine Carter
- Florise Spearman & Dorothy West Williams
- Dorothy Hollingsworth
- Black Heritage Society of Washington State
- African American Women, Washington State Historical Society
- Northwest African American History Museum
Cover Image: Girls Reserve, Phyllis Wheatley/ YWCA East Cherry Branch. Courtesy of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State
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