housing discrimination

5:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

While Dr. King Dreamed, Seattleites Marched for Housing

A June 1963 march in Seattle against racial discrimination

Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But the summer of 1963 marked a critical point in Seattle history as well, as young activists staged the city’s first sit-ins of the civil rights movement.

The issue that galvanized them was housing discrimination. And in a place that likes to think of itself as progressive, segregation was rampant. 

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