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Politics & Protest: Exploring the History of African Americans in Washington Politics since 1890

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

Virtual history lecture by Dr. Quintard Taylor, founder of BlackPast.org and retired University of Washington professor of history, explores the history of African American involvement in Washington state politics since 1890.


Did you know that an African American farmer from Thurston County served in Washington state’s very first legislature in 1889 or that the first African American woman to run for the Washington State Legislature did so in 1918, before the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote? The legacy of African Americans holding public office in Washington state spans more than 130 years, and their contributions have made an impact on the lives of Washingtonians.


This virtual lecture was originally presented on May 28, 2020. Special guests include Representative Debra Entenman and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins.


DISCLAIMER: All public officials, organizations, and photos referenced in this presentation do not constitute an endorsement of the Elect Jamila Taylor campaign unless otherwise expressed.


PAID FOR BY ELECT JAMILA TAYLOR (D), PO BOX 3996, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98063 | www.electjamilataylor.com

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