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June 5, 2020

Congress of Racial Equality Seattle Chapter Founded (February 1961)

Image of CORE protestors in front of real estate firm 1964

CORE activists protest outside of a Real Estate firm in Seattle known for discriminatory practices.Seattle Municipal Archives (63897)

Seattle’s chapter of CORE was an interracial group of activists fighting for racial equality. Their efforts focused on increasing equity in opportunity in areas such as employment, housing, and education. They staged a number of boycotts and protests that were successful such as their grocery store campaign that succeeded in persuading businesses like Safeway to hire Black employees. They also held a number of protests against Real Estate firms that participated in racist practices and successfully raised awareness about the discriminatory tactics used by agents.

Resource: Henry, Mary. “Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Seattle Chapter,” September 2, 2011.