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A Seat at the table - Inye Wokoma hosts a potluck to preserve Black property and culture in the CD

Inye Wokoma hosts a potluck dinner at Wa Na Wari with concerned community members on ways to preserve Black property and culture in the Central District.

Tonight in the Central District of Seattle at the Wa Na Wari Black Art and Media House on 24th and Marion, a group of community elders and stakeholders held a small potluck dinner to discuss the different best ways to preserve Black property and Culture in the Central District in the face of systemic gentrification and displacement. Also to discuss what resources can be aligned between all in attendance to more effectively serve Black property owners in the Central District to either hold onto their property or to fully understand their options if they do want to sell.

The evening was hosted by 4th generation Seattleite, Inye Wokoma, who has been on the forefront of raising awareness around the issue of gentrification of the Central District. He was joined at the table by K. Wyking Garrett of Africatown Community Land Trust, Ruby Holland who is leading the fight against upzoning in the Central District, as well as Sharon Williams with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Georgia S. McDade of the African-American Writers' Alliance, and Stephanie Johnson Toliver, President, Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.

One of the outcomes of this meeting was the development of a housing information clearinghouse so Black home owners will have a one stop shop in regards to getting resources and options regarding their property and preserving the culture of the community.

To join the Preserving Black Property Ownership in the Central District email list, please reach out to Inye Wokoma at inye@ijoarts.com

#FightingForEveryInch #NoSurrender

Omari@AfricatownMedia.com / @AfricatownSea

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