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The Struggle to Stay in the Central District

December 23, 2020 - 2:37 am

Seattle’s Central District was shaped by racist real estate and financial practices, but kept vibrant and loved by its Black residents.  The neighborhood is now a shadow of its former self. Houses in this neighborhood are selling for at least a million dollars today, with property taxes shooting up each year.  Many of the former residents have been priced out of living there.

Inye Wokoma is a Media Maker and Co-Founder of Wa Na Wari, a Black cultural arts center in the Central District.  Wa Na Wari is housed in his family home.  Wokoma describes why it’s important for him to fight to stay in the neighborhood, and how his journey is part of a movement to resist the erasure of the foundations of the community.

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Producer: Gol Holghooghi, Adria McGhee and Yuko Kodama

Photo: Wa Na Wari