From Civil Rights to campus change: Black student activism in Washington state
Seattle isn't widely recognized as an epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement. But through the mid 20th-century, individuals and organizations were making national waves in a fight for recognition and equality.
Those actions percolated to university life in Seattle and Pullman. The foundation of Black studies came from the efforts of Black students and Black student unions to create a space for talking about history, organizing, and black power.
The importance and lasting legacy of Black student activism in the state is the new focus of “Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus,” by Marc Arsell Robinson. Robinson is an assistant professor of history at California State University San Bernardino.
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