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9th Annual State of Africatown celebrates community
2022 State of Africatown

The 9th Annual State of Africatown features presentations on the dynamic work happening in the African American community and the path forward in 2022 and beyond. The event includes the induction of Elders of Distinction, a youth showcase, the annual State of Africatown address, and an address from Seattle's newly-elected Mayor Bruce Harrell.

Speakers include:

TraeAnna Holiday - Converge Media

Honorable Dawn Mason

Elders of Distinction:

Linda Battles

Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson

Javoen Byrd, Awodi Drumming and Educational Consulting

Curtiss R. Calhoun, Africatown

Teroshua Thomas, Africatown Scholars

Fynniecko Glover Jr., 2022 Watoto Awards Presenter

Latricia Thomas, 2022 Watoto Awards Presenter

Martha Lucas, Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders

Jim Buchanan, Washington State African American Cannabis Association

Darrell Powell, NAACP Alaska/Oregon/Washington

AyeNay Abye, Tubman Center for Health and Freedom

Baionne Coleman, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Isaac Joy, King County Equity Now

Emija Smith or Isaac Joy, King County Equity Now

Debrena Jackson Gandy, D.I.D Initiative

Lewis Rudd, R.U.B.B. Initiative

K. Wyking Garrett, Africatown Community Land Trust

Mayor Bruce Harrell, City of Seattle


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