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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II

Thursday, April 21 on Urban Forum Northwest –

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D) MO-5 (Kansas City)

LaNesha DeBardelaben, President and CEO, Northwest African American Museum

Yolanda Brooks, Community Engagement Specialist, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Larry Sampson, Owner, Sampson Painting Company LLC

Congressman Hank Johnson

Thursday, April 14 on Urban Forum Northwest-

*Congressman Hank Johnson (D) Ga-4 is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, he will lend his perspective on a “Code of Ethics” for Supreme Court Justices given the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, Virginia (Ginnie) Thomas was a lead advocate for the January 6 attempt to overthrow the United States Government.

*Reverend Dr. Reverend Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr. Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle WA. He is the founder of the Black Dollar Days Taskforce, Clean Greens Farm and Market, the New Hope Development Corporation. He invites yo to the 2022 virtual Last Seven Words From The Cross on Friday, April 15 at NOON PDT.

*Lyle Quasim, Chair, Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective comments on the progress, accomplishments, and challenges the 50 year old plus organization. The Collective meets virtually every Saturday 8:30-10:00 am (PDT)

*Jamie Elmore, Salon Owner, Founder Alopecia Support Group, and Publisher of Bald Life Magazine. She has been featured in the Baltimore Times and last week in the Seattle Medium Newspaper. Ms. Elmore will comment on her work that is saving lives of people living with Alopecia.

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Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors

Thursday, April 7 on Urban Forum Northwest –
*Young Song, Owner, YOUNG CONSULTING LLC, Interim President, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) invites minority contractors to their April 7 membership meeting on Thursday, April 7 welcome at 5:00 pm, membership meeting starts at 5:30 pm. President Song will be joined by the following NAMC Officers;
*Irene Reyes, Owner & CEO, Excel Supply Company, she is the Interim VP/Secretary WA-NAMC
*Linda Womack, Director, Tacoma Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), she is the Interim Treasurer WA-NAMC
*Bob Armstead, Armstead Consulting, Founding Member WA-NAMC and WA-NAMC Board Member
*Grover Johnson, Founding Member WA-NAMC and WA-NAMC Board Member
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com and Alexa. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Podcast available 24/7. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT).

Urban Forum NW 03 – 31 – 22

Thursday, March 31 on Urban forum Northwest –
*Hayward Evans, Co-Convener, Seattle King County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee (MLKCC) comments on the Day of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony. Remembering the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated 54 years ago while helping Black workers in Memphis. Some of the local leaders that have passed away in the last year will be recognized. Four individuals will be honored for their contributions.
*Dr. Brent Jones, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools comments on the state of the Seattle School District after being named to the permanent job last month. Dr. Jones will be honored on April 4 at the Day of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony at the Holgate Street Church of Christ on Monday.
*Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D)-37, Chair, House Education Committee will provide an overview of the last legislative session and discuss her accomplishments for the people in her District and the citizens of the state. She will be a presenter at the Day of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony.
* Reverend Paul Benz recently retired Director, Faith Action Network and a MLKCC Committee Member comments on the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how we can apply his non-violent movement for social and political change.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT).

Retired Attorney Lem Howell on Judge Ketanji Jackson and more

Thursday, March 24 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Seattle Port Commissioner Hamdi Mohamed is the first Black Woman to be elected to the Seattle Port Commission. She has served on multiple non-profit boards and currently serves on the Maritime High School Advisory Board. She will comment on her priorities and her accomplishments.

*Retired Attorney Lem Howell who has presented arguments before the U S Supreme Court comments on the hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and the differences in her confirmation process as opposed to the confirmation hearings of the last two Justices.

*Reverend Dr. Phyllis Ratcliff-Beaumonte, President, Women’s Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church comments on the 80th Anniversary of the organization on Sunday, March at 10:00 am at Mount Zion. She will joined by committee members Darlene Hobbs and Ozella Rose.

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Seattle King County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee outlines the program for the Day of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony in observance of the 54th Anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information.

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Progressive Education Network

Thursday, March 17 on Urban Forum Northwest:

*Randolph Carter, Progressive Education Network (PEN) comments on his organizations work that employs a different approach how PEN can deliver a quality education to the districts and students that they partner with.

*Jamie Danen is a National Board Member of the Progressive Education Network (PEN) she will comment on what’s working in other parts of the country.

*Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director, American Muslim Empowerment Network comments on the hate crimes targeting Muslim places of worship and most recently a Muslim youth program building.

*Dr. Yahya Suufi, Imam and Executive Director of the Muslim American Youth Foundation (MAYF) building was the target of a hate crime that saw a positive response from local and state elected officials on Wednesday evening.

*Bob Armstead, Washington State Civil Rights Coalition provides an update on the organizations complaint to the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for discrimination against African Americans in this state.

*Senator T’wina Nobles (D)-28th LD comments on the last legislative sessions and what she and her Democratic colleagues were able to accomplish for her district and the people of the state.

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Civil Rights roundtable live from Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus

Thursday, March 10 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Dean Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus is hosting a Legacy Series that will encompass experiences of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights struggle and the Black Student Union movement of the 1960’s and early ’70’s in Seattle and Tacoma Washington.

*Dr. Gilda Sheppard is retired Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus Professor she will share her experience as a student activist and some of her memories she had at the Tacoma Campus.

*Attorney Barbara Laners is a retired Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus Professor who has been a talk show host and active in the Civil Rights movements for decades.

*Dr. Dexter Gordon is Executive Vice President, Evergreen State College is prominent in the education scene in the Puget Sound area and was well known for his work at the University of Puget Sound.

*Larry Gossett, former King County Councilman who led the fight to have King County named for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will participate in the Evergreen-Tacoma Campus Legacy Series. He has fought for Civil Rights and Human Rights for decades.

*Attorney Ray Connell is the Honorary Council for Jamaica comments on his duties and responsibilities that he has agreed to take on.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PST).

Former Washington State Representative Peggy Joan Maxie & more

Thursday, March 3 on Urban Forum Northwest- scheduled guests for the hour are:

*Hayward Evans, Co-convener, Seattle King County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee reflects on the organizations last event were various members of the community were honored for their contributions.

*Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent, Seattle Parks Department and Board Chair, Together Washington comments on his role in managing the vast number of Seattle Parks and the employees in the organization. He is the first African American Board Chair of Together Washington and he will discuss his role in the organization.

*Former Washington State Representative Peggy Joan Maxie was the first African American Female elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1970. She will share some of her legislative accomplishments and compare politics of the 1970’s and 80’s with today’s politics.

*Tony Butler, Business Representative and Pre-apprentice Liaison for IBEW L.U. 46 comments on his dual role. IBEW 46 worked with the Seattle MLK Commemoration Committee in providing the lights in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Park for Black History Month.

*TishaMarie, Founder, Legally Black of Pierce County comments on the organizations purpose. The organization recently went to the aide of a Black homeowner in Pierce County that had her property targeted with racist graffiti.

*Bob Armstead, National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)-Washington comments on the importance of the organization as it advocates for equality for minority contractors/businesses and invites interested parties to their Thursday, March 3 meeting.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PST).

Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley and more

Thursday, February 24 on Urban Forum Northwest scheduled guests for the hour are:
*Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (D)-37th LD is a mother, educator and wife. She
comments on her legislative priorities and her achievements in this short 60 day legislative session that will end in March.
*Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)-11th LD comments on the legislative session to date and specifically on legislation he has championed for several sessions to create a state owned bank. He will let us know if it will happen this session.
*Reggie White owned a cannabis store in West Seattle selling medical marijuana and when recreational pot was legalized he lost his location only to see a recreational store open a month later in the same location where Washington State Cannabis Board closed him down.
*Harold Wright, retired electrical contractor and the Author of five books talks about the struggle for Black Contractors to gain equality for the last 50 plus years that he has protested, close construction jobs down and organized meetings with elected officials to seek economic justice for African Americans.
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kkknw.com and Alexa. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PST).

African American Achievement Awards

Thursday, February 17 on Urban Forum Northwest scheduled guests for the hour are:

*Deborah Moore Jackson, Founder, African American Achievement Awards comments on the February 19 event that will honor couples making a difference in Washington State.

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee invites you to the Monday, February 21(5-6 pm) Black History event that will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Park (the event will be held at Holgate Church of Christ if it rains) several people will be acknowledged for their contributions.

*Minister Jimmy Hurd, Pastor, Holgate Church of Christ will be a participant in the event and host the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee’s Reception after the program at the MLK Park.

*Gabriel Prawl, President, Seattle A. Phillip Randolph Institute comments on the virtual African American Legislative Day that will be held on Monday, President’s Day.

* Reverend Paul Benz, recently retired Director, Faith Action Network comments on the legislation that is important ranging from police reform to economic justice. He will present an award named for him to a deserving person on Monday.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw..com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com four archived programs and relevant information. Like us on Facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PST).