The ‘Gang of Four’ or ‘Four Amigos’ is a group of four Seattle activists from Indigenous, Black, Asian, and Latinx communities. They organized and advocated for the needs of people of color from the late 60s and 70’s onward.
Councilmember Larry Gossett is the last surviving member of the Gang of Four. Councilmember Gossett is a former Seattle Chapter Black Panther Party member, Co-founder of the University of Washington, Seattle Black Student Union, the former Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), and Co-Founder of the Third World Coalition He also founded the Minority Executive Directors Coalition (MEDC) alongside the Gang of Four. He celebrated his 79th birthday this month. In this interview with Councilmember Gossett from December, 2021, he reflects on the powerful and lasting work of the interracial coalition.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Photo: Gang of Four Book Cover “Gang of Four,” by Bob Santos and Gary Iwamoto
It’s shopping season, and this time of year is critical for small businesses and their families to survive. Laura Clise is the Founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online directory and guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. This series highlights how small and diverse businesses are critical to a community, and how to be intentional in where we spend money in our community.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Next up on the KBCS 2016 Election series, we have a conversation brought to us by KBCS Guest Producer Ijeoma Oluo. She spoke with Jessie Hagopian, Garfield high school teacher-educator and IAmAnEducator.com blogger, and Sarah Mayes, a transgender parent who transitioned while her two children attended the public schools. They discussed the experiences of the LGBTQ communities and Communities of Color within the public education system.
The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced by Ruth Bly, Jennie Cecil Moore, and Angie Voyles Askham.
Theryn Kigvamasudvashti interviews two members of the Queer People of Color Liberation Project, Jen Bowman and Darius Morrison, about their life experience as queer and transgender, navigating the intersectionalities of race and LGBTQ identity.