Reflection Eternal

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Reflection Eternal

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Filming the police at Seattle fair housing protest, 1964

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Seattle's African American population increased dramatically between 1940 and 1960, making the community the city's largest minority group.

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As blacks moved north and west during and after World War II in search of employment, their numbers overtook those of Asian groups - the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos - which together historically formed Seattle's largest minority population.

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Until 1968, it was legal to discriminate against minorities in Seattle when renting apartments or selling real estate. The task of securing legislation to prohibit discrimination in housing began in the late 1950s. It turned out to be a decade-long struggle.

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One method employed to shut black families out of white neighborhoods was enforcement of restrictive covenants.

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This and other acts of discrimination, such as realtors unofficially agreeing not to show houses in white neighborhoods to people of color, largely confined black residents to Seattle's Central Area.

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On April 19, 1968, three weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 96619 "defining and prohibiting unfair housing practices in the sale and offering for sale and in the rental and offering for rent and in the financing of housing accommodations, and defining offenses and prescribing penalties, and declaring an emergency therefore."

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The ordinance had been sponsored by six of the nine Council members, but the chief architect was first-term Councilmember Sam Smith, the first African American to sit on the Council.

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Smith had previously been a tireless advocate for open housing and fair employment while serving as the first African American member of the Washington State Legislature.

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