CHS Pics | A market for Black artists and small businesses at 23rd and Union — Plus, ‘Seattle’s largest Juneteenth celebration’ this week in Jimi Hendrix Park

Juneteenth celebrations this year in the Central District will include one of the week’s biggest events in Seattle at Jimi Hendrix Park. The celebrations marking the holiday have been underway including Sunday’s Revival Juneteenth Pop-up Market at the Midtown Square development at 23rd and Union.

Organizer Donna Moodie of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle says Sunday’s market grew out of efforts reviving small businesses after the pandemic.

“It’s amazing to me. Probably one of my favorite things that we do,” Moodie said.

“We love this. We want it to be bigger.” Continue reading

2021 Umoja Day of Unity Parade & March steps off from Jimi Hendrix Park this weekend

2020’s parade and march

Concerns about the continued impact of COVID-19 mean another year without the full three-day festival but organizers behind Seattle’s annual Umoja events in the Central District will again gather for a day of celebration and a march “for Black Lives, Love, Unity, Healing & Justice” this weekend. Continue reading

Suspect shot and killed by police in Central District was maintenance man with history of threats at Urban League Village apartments

Police say security video shows Taylor during his deadly shooting attack in the museum and apartment complex parking lot

The suspect in a deadly shooting shot and killed by Seattle Police Tuesday night in the Central District was a resident and maintenance employee at apartments in the building also home to the Northwest African American Museum whose behavior people familiar with the circumstances say had become more and more threatening.

Wednesday night, SPD released an edited video showing clips from building security video that captured the parking lot shooting that left one person dead and another critically wounded and police body-worn video showing what SPD says is Taylor approaching police on S Massachusetts and raising his gun as officers opened up with a hail of gunfire, killing the Black suspect. Continue reading

As Jimi Hendrix Memorial Peace & Love March for Equity crosses the CD, a call to address Seattle’s ‘co-option’ of the legend — and move his statue off Broadway

Jimi has been part of Broadway since 1997

The King County Equity Now group that has been pushing through the summer on local officials to meet the demands of Black Lives Matter protests and for more robust spending on community and investment programs for the Black community in the Central District is turning its attention to the remembrance of one of Seattle’s legendary Black artists. It has been 50 years since Seattle son Jimi Hendrix died.

UPDATE: Tina Hendrix, Jimi’s niece and founder of the Hendrix Music Academy, tells CHS that the event was organized and pulled together by the academy and volunteers after other organizers pulled out. “There were a lot of artists out there in the rain for Jimi,” Hendrix said. Hendrix said she hopes to see energy from the day continue despite some of the challenges organizing the memorial event. “There were hurdles and obstacles,” Hendrix said. “This was an historic day. It was in the rain and we did it.”

Friday, the Jimi Hendrix 50th Anniversary Memorial Peace & Love March for Equity will start at Hendrix’s own Garfield High School and cross the Central District for a rally into the evening at Jimi Hendrix Park: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Happy 75th birthday, Jimi Hendrix

Had he lived beyond his 27 years on the planet, Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix would have turned 75 today. At three places across the city marked by the guitarist’s presence — including a legendary tourist stop on Capitol Hill — CHS found few signs of the milestone.  Continue reading