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OK, we had our celebration with speeches and the march.
Now Let’s Commit Ourselves
Since 2008 news and social media have done nothing but complain about what politicians did and did not do. If they have not accomplished goals and objectives it is no one’s fault but your own. If you are not satisfied with the 2016 election I suggest that you step up and do something about it.
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What Will You Commit To
Protest (Civic Disobedience, Non-violent direct action, Go to jail), Government service, Social justice, Political action, Political parties (Democratic, Republican, Independent, Progressive), Employment (Jobs and training), Housing, Healthy food production, Education (K12, College), Environment (Climate change etc.) Community organizing, Social justice, Community service, Social services, Health and safety, Drug abuse prevention, Community security, Reproductive rights, Hunger, Homelessness, Race relations, Human relations, Art and culture, International affairs, Belief systems (Humanism etc.).
My apologies for not getting this out sooner. Below is a list of the January events that I am aware of that are still remaining. There are speakers, movie screenings, marches, and community discussions. Something for everyone. It’s a fairly long list, so please take the time to read to the bottom. Happy New Year.
JAMAL JOSEPH – MLK SPEAKER
“Growing Up in America as a Black Panther, Poet, Professor, and Prisoner”: The youngest spokesman and leader of the Black Panthers New York Chapter. Author of the book, “Panther Baby- A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention.” Featured on Def Poetry Jam and BETs American Gangster.
10am – 11am – Coffee and Book Signing (Hagan Center, Bldg 16, 2nd Floor)
11:30am – 12:30pm – Presentation (Lair Auditorium, Bldg 6)
Spokane Community College1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA
Free and open to the public. For more information call (509) 533-7032
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS – RACE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Hosted by University High School Students. A community member forum about real issues pressing Spokane.
5 – 8pm University High, Commons Area 12420 E 32nd Ave, Spokane Valley WA
Food provided – Questions and conversation encouraged!
13TH – DOCUMENTARY VIEWING AND COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
The Black Lens and the Spokane Minister’s Fellowship are teaming up to host a viewing and discussion of the documentary 13th. The thought provoking film, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), features scholars, activists and politicians analyzing the criminalization of African Americans, mass incarceration and the U.S. prison boom. Join us for this important conversation!!!
10am – 1pm Bethel A.M.E. Church 645 S Richard Allen Court, Spokane, WA
Free and open to the public.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. GALA
Presented by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm H.R.E.I. Center 414 Millan Rd, Coeur d’Alene, ID
For more information and cost call 208.765.3932 or visit http://www.idahohumanrights.org.
MARTIN LUTHER KING ANNUAL MARCH AND RESOURCE FAIR
10am – 2pm Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane
For more information contact the MLK Center at (509) 455-8722 or visit www.mlkspokane.org
NAACP MONTHLY MEETING
Join the NAACP for our monthly general membership meeting
7:00pm Community Building – Lobby 35 W. Main Street, Spokane WA
For more information contact the NAACP at 509-209-2425 (ext 1141) or visit the website at http://spokaneNAACP.com
JANUARY 16 & 17
BLACK HISTORY 101 MOBILE MUSEUM
An innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop. Artifacts in this unparalleled mobile collection represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights and Black Power era, and popular culture.
1/16/17 – can van be viewed before, during, and after the MLK March and Resource Fair, at the Spokane Convention Center, Downtown Spokane
1/17/17 – 10:00 am-3:00, lecture at 4:00 pm, be in the HUB MPR on the Whitworth University campus
Cost: Free, open to everyone
For more information contact David Garcia at 509.777.4572 or visit their website at ww.whitworth.edu. The exhibit on the 16th is in partnership with the MLK Center.
POETRY RISING – PRODUCED BY STEPHEN PITTERS
Poetry by Randy Harnasch & Kathleen Schrum and Music by Brown’s Mountain Boys
6:30-7:30pm Barnes & Noble Bookstore – Northtown Mall 4750 N Division, Spokane WA
DONISHA RITA-CLAIRE PRENDERGAST – 1 DREAM 1 LOVE
The SFCC Black Student Union presents their MLK Celebration speaker Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast, a filmmaker, poet, and granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley.
11:30am – 1pm
Spokane Falls Community College (SUB – Lounges A,B &C) 3410 W Ft George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99224
For more information contact The Mosaic Center at (509) 533-4331.
THIRD ANNUAL INLAND NORTHWEST FEMALE SUMMIT : UNBREAKABLE
The 3rd Annual Inland Northwest Female Summit (INWFS) is a free leadership program serving all young women, specifically first-generation, low-income, and multicultural women populations in the greater Inland Northwest.
9AM – 3PM Eastern Washington University, Hargreaves Hall 526 5th Street, Cheney, WA
For more information contact Randy Corradine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.359.4879.
WOMEN’S MARCH ON SPOKANE
Over 2,000 people are expected to march through the streets of Spokane, joining communities nation-wide as part of a day long coordinated Women’s March, which will begin in Washington DC. Citizens of Central and Eastern Washington, North Idaho, Western Montana, and British Columbia are invited to gather in Spokane, Washington. We are reaching out to all defenders of human rights to mobilize with us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. This is a 100% inclusive event, welcoming all genders, races, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. March participants will be inspired and supported, and will leave with a new or renewed sense that “We Are America” and will not be silenced.
Spokane activities start at 11:00 a.m. with a rally at the Spokane Convention Center, where guests will hear inspirational speakers from national and local human rights, justice, and women’s advocacy groups, as well as musical entertainment. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., there will be a peaceful but powerful march through downtown Spokane, followed by a volunteer fair after our return to the Convention Center. The Volunteer Fair will provide guests the opportunity to learn about, support, and volunteer for a constellation of agencies and organizations.
11am – 3pm Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA
PEOPLE RISE UP! A COMMUNITY INVITATION TO ACTION
Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and our partners are organizing a grassroots power action festival to say from day 1: We are paying attention, we are reaching out, we are mobilizing, we are turning up the heat! This is a family-friendly, kid-welcoming event.
2-5 pm Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) 35 W Main Ave, Spokane
For more information contact PJALS at (509) 838-7870.
BLACK LENS SECOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
We made it to our second year.!!! Join The Black Lens for cake, punch and some yummy appetizers as we celebrate our 2nd year of publishing and look forward to year number three.
3-5pm CHKN-N-MO 414 1/2 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Cost: No charge
For more information call The Black Lens at (509) 795-1964 or email@example.com
SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY JOB FAIR
Join us for this public event All are welcome. Representatives will be available from various departments. On site interviews available for current job openings. Job seeking
seminars will be provided.
5 – 7pm Ready to Serve Ministries 404 N. Argonne Road, Spokane Valley, WA
Cost: No charge
For more information call (509) 354-7265 or visit www.spokanschools.org
LINKS ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM PARTY
Hosted by Inland Imaging and the Links, Inc.
For women over 40 who are due for their routine exam or those aged 35-40 who wish to be screened. While you wait for your mammogram, enjoy refreshments, a relaxing massage, and assorted gifts.
5:30 – 7:30pm Inland Imaging (Located inside Holy Family Hospital)
5715 N Lidgerwood St, Spokane, WA 99208
**IMPORTANT: Space is limited! Please contact your insurance company ahead of time and ask if they will cover the 3D imaging. You will need to know and bring with you the following information: Physician’s Name, Personal ID, Insurance Card.
It is highly recommended that participants send in the following information prior to coming (to help things run smoother) : Date of Birth; Full Name of your Primary Care Physician / Practitioner; Name of your insurance carrier. Information should be sent to Faith Washington prior to arrival at the party at firstname.lastname@example.org. This information will be
confidential and HIPAA protected.
2017 EASTERN WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Taking Responsibility: Acting Together in Faith – Featuring a panel on Poverty.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. St Mark’s Lutheran Church 316 E. 24th Avenue, Spokane WA
Organizers include The Fig Tree, Catholic Charities Spokane, the Faith Action Network and the Inland United Methodist District.
To RSVP: Send suggested donation of $20 To The Fig Tree • 1323 S. Perry St. • Spokane WA 99202 call (509) 535-4112 or email email@example.com For information, call 535-1813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fliers are available at thefigtree.org/FigTreeEvent.pdf.
Eastern Washington Representative
Washington State Commission on African American Affairs
Mission: To improve the well-being of African Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, health care, and other areas.
Commissioner – Eastern Washington Representative
Washington State Commission on African American Affairs
THURSDAY December 1st bring ideas for the life after DONALD. Drop in ANY coffee house and start A DISCUSSION don’t wait on me! I am with Jay, Ron, Idris and Jim will be having are usual Thursday discussions at 10am the same place on the Spokane South Hill. We can make changes one cup at a time. Report back after you meeting. (Message me Robert Lloyd on Facebook for my coffee spot)
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By Patricia Bayonne-Johnson
Peter Barnabas Barrow was one of many African Americans who migrated to the Pacific Northwest and made a tremendous contribution to the development of the Spokane area.
Born a slave near Petersburg, Virginia in 1840, Peter was taken to a plantation near Cosita, Alabama. He ran away when the Union Army came through the area early in 1864 and enlisted in Company A, 66th U.S. Colored Infantry on March 11, 1864 when they reached Vicksburg, Mississippi. Peter was appointed Sergeant on November 1, 1865. He served in Louisiana and Arkansas during the remainder of the war. He remained in the Union Army until March, 1866.
After the war, Peter married Julia, settled in Vicksburg and became active in politics. Peter served as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and afterwards as a senator from the district of Vicksburg during reconstruction. Sensing that life was not going to get better in Mississippi, Peter moved his family to Deer Park, Washington, in 1889. Expressing his fondness for the Northwest at a black voters’ meeting in 1890, Peter announced, “I jumped out of hell and landed in heaven on both feet.” Peter Barrow’s political activities included founding the John Logan Colored Republican Club and being nominated for office by the Populist Party.
Peter became one of the first black landowners in Stevens County, cultivating a huge irrigated apple orchard and was a leader in the Farmers Alliance movement. Under his direction, the Deer Lake Irrigated Orchards Co. was formed. It was the largest operation of its kind in the Inland Empire and employed about 100 black men. Winter apples were grown and were exported all over the country.
In 1890 Peter Barrow became one of the founders and pastors of Calvary Baptist Church, Spokane’s first black church. He served as pastor from 1895 to 1906. The church is currently located at 213 E. Third Ave.
In 1892 Rev. Barrow moved his family to a house he built at E 2417 Second in Spokane. He and his wife, Julia, had six sons and one daughter.
The Barrow family gave the black community The Citizen, a newspaper published by Charles Barrow, which chronicled the history of Spokane’s black community. Charles and Olive Barrow are the parents of Eleanor Barrow Chase, wife of James Chase, Spokane’s first and only African American mayor.
Reverend Peter Barnabas Barrow was killed in a streetcar accident on July 28, 1906 while attending a church convention in Tacoma. He is one of the 12 bronze busts honoring early business and community leaders on the east side of the Spokesman-Review printing building at 1 North Monroe Street in Spokane, Washington. On the installation, “Builders and Leaders” also known as The Spokesman-Review Bronzes, Rev. Barrow is identified as a Pastor, Entrepreneur and a Publisher. I would add Politician and Civil War Veteran.
Note: This story was re-enacted at the 3rd Annual Walking with Ancestors at the Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane on September 22, 2012. Walking with Ancestors is a program presented by the members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society who tell the stories of the people buried in the cemetery. This year’s theme was “Remembering Our Civil War Ancestors.” I requested an African American man for my presentation and my “ancestor” was Peter Barnabas Barrow. I told Peter’s story as Eleanor, Peter’s granddaughter. Eleanor did not know her grandfather because he died in a tragic accident before she was born.
Franklin, Joseph, All Through the Night: The History of Spokane Black Americans, 1860-1940 (Fairfield, Washington: Ye Galleon Press, 1989)
Taylor, Quintard, Barrow, Rev. Peter (1840-1906) The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. Black Past.org (an online Reference Guide to African American History)
Peter B. Barrow, Deposition A, April 22, 1895, Civil War Pension File, NARA, Washington, D. C. , Fold 3.
HistoryLink.org; Jim Kershner