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Lem Howell, Civil Rights Attorney Emeritus and more

Thursday, July 27 on Urban Forum Northwest :

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Commemoration Committee (MLKCC) comments on the 60th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom and the plans for the Seattle area on August 28, 2023.
*Reverend Dr. Linda Smith, Pastor, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist Church in Renton WA is the former Pastor of Sky Church in Renton, she is an author, Racial, Equity, Justice and Prophetic Leadership Coach and Consultant at Seattle University School of Theology and has been a leading advocate for the city’s homeless population.
*Lem Howell, Civil Rights Attorney Emeritus was known as a “Knight in Shinning Armor” during his practice his landmark lawsuits in Washington State has made him a legend and arguably one one of the best civil rights attorneys in the United States. He was the lead counsel for the Central Contractors Association in 1969 where he prevailed and forced the trade unions to open their doors to minorities.
*Raymond Miller, NAACP Area Conference (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) Armed Services and Veteran Affairs Chairman, he also serves as Chair of the Sam Bruce Chapter (Seattle) Tuskegee Airmen and is a member of the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. August 28 60th Anniversary Planning Committee.
*Lewis Rudd, President & CEO, Ezell’s Famous Chicken is giving back to the Black Community with his The Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative- Raising Up Black Businesses. The precedent-setting initiative is designed to empower Black owned businesses and help them achieve financial success.
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Talking about the 114th Annual Meeting of the NAACP and more

Thursday, July 20 on Urban Forum Northwest -guest for the hour are:
*Nate Miles, 1st Vice President, Seattle ML King County Branch, NAACP comments on the organization’s 114th Annual Meeting being held in Boston, MA July 28-August 2, 2023.
*Erica Conway, 2nd Vice President, Seattle ML King County Branch, NAACP comments on agenda items and priorities of the organization for their Annual Meeting.
*Monica Lewis, Director, Seattle ML King County NAACP’s Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics (ACTSO) comments on the program and the competition. The ACTSO competition will be held July 26-29, 2023.
*The following students will represent Seattle ML King County Branch NAACP at the National ACTSO competition in Boston MA:
 Efe Elaiho               Computer Science, Lakeside School 11th grade
 Jada Yamashita      Photography, Seattle Academy 12th grade
 Zonta Ferreria-Allah Painting, Auburn High School 10th grade
 Kevin Briscoeray Jr. Music: Composition & Instrumental Mt. Rainier High School 10th grade
*Ed Prince, Executive Director, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, Renton, WA City Councilman and was recently elected to the Board of The Association of Washington Cities to represent the Western portion of Washington State.
*Dr. Traci Harrell comments on the second Better Together Empowerment Series on Thursday, July 27 that will feature two sessions, 4:00-5:30 pm Networking and Support Black Businesses 5:30-7:30 pm; Living Powerfully Experience:Wellness, Wealth, and The Art of Transformation. The event will be held at 1925 3rd Avenue in Downtown Seattle.
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Dr. E. Faye Williams

Thursday, July 13 on Urban Forum Northwest:
Dr. E. Faye Williams
Dr. Lezli Baskerville
Zhalena Mathis
Johnathan Johnson
Grover Johnson
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Congressman Adam Smith

Thursday, July 6 on Urban Forum Northwest:

*Congressman Adam Smith (D) WA-09 is now the Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee talks what legislation and issues he’s pursuing with a congress that is seeking to hold hearings on issues that don’t help the average citizen and especially the Americans that are in need.
*Bill North is graduate of Seattle’s Garfield High School, was the President of the Black Student Union at Central Washington State College. He was a member of the 1972-73 Oakland A’s World Series Championship teams. He will comment on Major League Baseball’s All Star festivities being held this week in Seattle.
*Karissa Braxton comments on the role she and the Songs of Black Folk Choir will have on Friday’s Historical Black College & University (HBCU) game that be played at T-Mobile Park on Friday evening. The iconic Ken Griffey Jr. hosts the best HBCU ballplayers.
*Lem Howell, Civil Rights Attorney, Emeritus analyze last weeks US Supreme Court’s rulings that ruled against President Biden’s student debt relief, in favor of a company that didn’t have a real issue, and against Affirmative Action in admissions colleges and universities.
*Bob Armstead, President, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) invites small/minority/women owned businesses to the organization Thursday, July 6 meeting 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT) (www.namcwa.com). Michael Forrester, US Department of Energy, Washington DC and Michael Furze Washington State Department of Commerce, Assistant Director and Director, Energy Office.
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Responding To The Death Of Affirmative Action

Thursday, June 29 on Urban Forum Northwest, scheduled guests for the hour are:
*Bob Armstead, President, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) talks about his latest efforts to track the 15% goal for minority businesses in the 1.75 trillion dollar Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Over 5 billion dollars has been dispersed to Washington state.
*Attorney Jesse Wineberry Sr., Founder, Washington Equity Now Alliance (WENA) comments on the efforts of WENA played in getting the Governor Jay Inslee to sign an Executive Order restoring Affirmative Action in 2022.
*Korbett Mosesly was the Project Advisor for the Community Reinvestment Plan that will put 200 million dollars in communities of color in the state to reduce crime and provide opportunities for organizations and businesses in designated areas.
*Kibibi Monie’, Founder Nu Black Arts West led the way to bring Dr. Boyce Watkins for Black Wealth Power Training to the Northwest on Saturday, July 8 10:00 am-2:00 pm in person event at the Tabor 100 HUB.
*Daniel Williams, Legacy Leaders, Comprehensive Planner/Insurance Broker comments on his Infinite Banking Concept on how to create your on Family Bank and he will be participating in the July 8 Dr. Boyce Watkins event.
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Looking back on the Seattle Black Panther Party and more..

guests include:

Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, President, Washington State Black Heritage Society

Reverend Dr. Paul Stoot Sr.

Cathie Wilmore, Fathers And Sons Together (FAST)

Derrick Wheeler-Smith, Director, Seattle Human Rights Department

Elmer Dixon, Co Founder, Seattle Black Panther Party

Aaron Dixon, Co Founder, Seattle Black Panther Party

State Representative Chipalo Street, Elmer Dixon, President, Executive Diversity Services and more

Thursday, June 15 on Urban Forum Northwest:

*State Representative Chipalo Street (D)-37th LD comments on his work during the last session, talks about his legislative successes and how those policies will help his constituents and citizens of the state. 
*Elmer Dixon, President, Executive Diversity Services comments on his book “Die Standing”. He will celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 16 6:30-8:30 pm at Seattle’s Washington Hall where he will offer a powerful reading from his new book.
*LaNesha DeBardelaben, President & CEO, Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) invites you to NAAM’s Juneteenth events happening for the rest of the week that will culminate with the Juneteenth Jamboree at Judkins Park on Monday, June 19.
**Dr. Pela Terry, Executive Director, Atlantic Street Center invites you to the organizations 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17 event being held at the Rainier Beach Community Center 11:00 am-3:00 pm. The event will be live streamed by Rainier Avenue Radio.
*Jacqueline Ware of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) comments on the organizations third annual virtual Juneteenth Celebration on Tuesday, June 20 at 5:00 pm (PDT),
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*Dr. Traci Harrell invites you to two events being held the same day, Thursday, June 22 at the Renton Hyatt. First, Strategic Networking & Black Business Showcase 3:00-5:00 pm. Second, Wellness, Wealth, and The Art of Transformation begins at 5:30 pm.
*Ramon Bryant Braxton, Artistic Director/Conductor, Songs of Black Folk:Music of Resistance and Hope where local and national talent will be on display at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Sunday, June 18 at 7:00 pm.
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Juneteenth Celebration, Songs of Black Folk:Music of Resistance and Hope and more

Thursday, June 8 on Urban Forum Northwest :
*Taniesha Lyons, Executive Director, Federal Way, WA Black Collective whose mission is to provide a voice, build strategies, and drive change in the city through policy development and culturally reflective resources.
*Teresa Everett, Atlantic Street Center invites you to the organizations 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Rainier Beach Community Center 8825 Rainier Avenue South. The event will be live streamed by Rainier Avenue Radio.
*Anthony Davis, Out Of Class-Work Force Equity Advisor, Strategic Advisor to the Workforce Equity Director, City of Seattle Department of Human Resources comments on his duties and responsibilities.
*Eugenie Jones, award winning singer/songwriter, producer, and legacy activist. Her 2022 release Players ranked #30 on the Jazz Week’s top 100 Albums. She also was a first-round Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy contender and ranked #7 on Jazz Week’s Top 50 charts.
*Ramon Bryant Braxton, Artistic Director/Conductor, Songs of Black Folk:Music of Resistance and Hope that will feature some the country’s top singers and musicians will perform at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre June 18, Fathers Day at 7:00 pm (PDT).
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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and more

Thursday, June 1 on Urban Forum Northwest :
*Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D) MO-5 comments on the passage of the deal in the US House of Representative that averted a default on the credit of the USA as the legislation is now in the US Senate for approval.
*Frank Boykin, Director, Washington State Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) talks about the objectives of the agency and how small/minority owned businesses can benefit from this federal agency.
*Bob Armstead, President, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) invites you to NAMC’s membership meeting on Thursday, June 1 5-6:30 pm (www.namcwa.com). The 1.75 Trillion $$ Infrastructure and Jobs Act and Bill Frare, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, the state’s procurement agency are on the agenda.
*Minister Nate Miles of Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church extends an invitation to all to attend a meet and greet with the candidate to become Senior Pastor of the Church on Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 am, the sermon and vote will be on Sunday, June 11.
* Ramon Bryant Braxton, Artistic Director/Conductor, Songs of Black Folk: Music of Resistance & Hope a Juneteenth Celebration that will feature national and local artist at Seattle’s Historic Paramount Theatre on Sunday, June 18 at 7:00 pm (PDT).
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Congressman Robert Cortez (Bobby) Scott and more

Thursday, May 25 on Urban Forum Northwest:

*Congressman Robert Cortez (Bobby) Scott (D) VA-03 comments on the most pressing political issue of the year, paying the bills that the country has accumulated and does he think the USA will default on our obligation.

*Raymond Miller, Chair, NAACP State Conference (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) Armed Services and Veteran Affairs Committee pays tribute to the Veterans who gave it all for the USA.

*Reverend Dr. Wayne Jenkins, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Pasco, WA pays tribute to his late mentor, the Reverend Matthew J. Thornton. Harley Bird was a leader in the United Construction Workers Association (UCWA) he talks about Reverend Thornton the Pipe Fitter and protester.

*Reverend Dr. Leslie D. Braxton, Pastor, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (NBCF) of Kent, WA comments on the “Songs of Black Folk” Music of Resistance & Hope Concert that will be held on June 18 at 7:00 pm (PDT) at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. He will be joined by Kevin Meeks, Media Services Coordinator for NBCF.

*Vanessa Wells Bruce, Artistic Director, The Sound of the Northwest will be joined by Choir Member Shirley Young. They will invite you to their Saturday, June 3 7:00 pm Concert at Seattle’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute the theme is “History, Her-story,Their-story:Music from Different Perspectives.

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