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Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation program with Larry Gossett

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 6:30-8 p.m., on Zoom or by phone
Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Larry Gossett, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Seattle since the 1960s on “Reflections of a LifeLong Justice Activist.”

All are welcome!  Free.   Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Seattle native Larry Gossett graduated from Franklin High School.  He has been an activist for racial, economic, and social justice since his VISTA service as a teacher in Harlem in the 1960s.   As a University of Washington (UW) student, he was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a founder of the UW Black Student Union.  Larry helped found Black Student Unions at several Seattle High Schools.   One of the issues at a high school was the right of students to wear their hair natural.  Larry was arrested and charged with unlawful assembly at a demonstration at his alma mater, Franklin HS.  While still a UW student, Larry’s activism helped bring bout the Educational Opportunity Program minority recruitment program and he later worked as the supervisor of the Black Student Division in the UW Office of Minority Affairs.  Larry was also a founding member of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party.

During his student years, Larry was kicked out of UW twice.  Police came to his home in 1968 and threatened to arrest him for criminal trespass if he stepped one foot on the campus.  Larry ignored this threat.  Forty years later, in 2008. Larry was named one of the “Wondrous 100” – proclaimed to be one of the hundred most influential UW graduates of all time!

Larry was executive director of Seattle’s Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), a social services agency.  During that time, he joined with activists from other minority communities, to found the Minority Executive Directors Coalition.  Larry’s close work and friendship with Bernie Whitebear, Bob Santos, and Roberto Maestas earned them the nickname of the “Gang of Four,” a formidable intercultural force for justice.

More recently, Larry served for 6 terms as a County Councilmember.  In that role, he led the efforts for King County’s name and logo to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., rather than its original namesake, a slave owner.  Larry’s office as a Councilmember was in the same location where he had been held after an arrest decades earlier.

Larry was a founder of Seattle’s Martin Luther King Celebrations in 1983 and served as its chair for many years.  He continues to support a wide variety of justice struggles and is currently writing his memoirs.

Program Zoom info:  Topic: Seattle Chapter FoR Program

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March 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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