Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Black leaders from our region and beyond, as well as engage in conversations about how to better support Black community members today.

Check out some of the many stories we've written about historic Black leaders (mostly women!) in our region and nationally: 

Bertha Pitts Campbell

Here are some of the current Black leaders creating change in our community today:

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  • Ijeoma Oluo
    Author, New York Times best-seller, and 2021 Stand Against Racism keynote
  • Dr. Sharon Knight
    Race and social justice activist with expertise in culturally responsible leadership and pedagogy
  • Maya Manus
    Advocacy Organizer at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle & co-Chair of YWCA's Public Policy Committee
  • Michele Andrasik & Joycelyn Thomas
    Doctors addressing health inequities among BIPOC, gender, and sexual minority communities
  • Stacey Abrams
    Lawyer, voting rights activist, author, and our 2021 Inspire Luncheon keynote
  • Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
    First Black woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Marcus Harrison Green
    Publisher of the South Seattle Emerald, a columnist with the Seattle Times, and 2022 Stand Against Racism panelist
  • Dominique Dawes
    Olympic gold medalist and Winning Within keynote
  • Anita Hill
    Women's rights advocate, educator, acclaimed author, and 2022 Inspire Luncheon keynote

Help support Black community members today who are boldly making changes in their own lives and the lives of others. View our Legislative Agenda for 2023 for policies that support Black women and families.

Save the date for our Stand Against Racism Town Hall event on May 5, 2023. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, ONWARD, to find out when registration is live.

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Annalee Schafranek

Annalee Schafranek is the Marketing & Editorial Director at YWCA. She contributes agency news, press releases, and media coverage to the website. Annalee’s educational and professional experience has always focused on the place where gender equity and media meet.


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