Toni Morrison turned to the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project when researchinng her latest novel, Home, about a Korean War veteran who spends time in a Seattle hospital then returns to his native Georgia. She is one of more than two million people who have visited the pages of the PNW Labor and Civil Rights Projects. Below are some of the articles, reviews, radio, and TV programs about the project.
How this project helped change state law
On March 15, 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law Senate Bill 6169, which makes it easier for neighborhoods governed by homeowners associations to rid themselves of racial restrictions that are still in their bi-laws. State Senator. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, introduced the measure after this project focused attention on the lingering effects of these covenants. First the Seattle Times picked up the story:
"Homeowners find records still hold blot of racism"
by Lornet Turnbull (Seattle Times, June 3, 2005)
The newspaper then published an editorial asking the state legislature to "authorize the courts to expunge racial covenants from all properties covered by homeowner associations."
"An ugly stain of racism exposed" editorial (Seattle Times, June 6, 2005)
Here is a follow-up article about the project and the new law:
"Stain of Racism Still Haunts Seattle Neighborhoods"
by James Gregory (Seattle Times, April 6, 2006)
Other news articles:
"Was your Seattle Neighborhood Racist?"
by Vanessa Ho (Seattle PI, May 17, 2014)
"Seattle's Ugly Past: Segregation in Our Neighborhoods"
by Knute Berger (Seattle Magazine, March 2013)
"Toni Morrison Talks with Google about Creativity"
by Hillel Italie (Associated Press, February 27, 2013)
"Racism Shadows Property Covenants"
by Greg Latshaw (USA Today, August 3, 2010)
"UW Project Sheds Light on Klan as Force in the State"
by Lornet Turnbull (Seattle Times, November 13, 2008)
"Web Site Exposes Previously Undocumented KKK Activity in Washington"
by Joel Schwarz (University Week, November 13, 2008)
"Seattle Takes Steps to Recognize Minorities’ Role in Shaping Region"
by William Yardley (New York Times, Feb.6 2008)
"Professor's Civil Rights Project Exposes Seattle's Segregationist Past"
by Siv Prince (UW Daily, February 14, 2007)
"Remember Seattle's Segregated History "
by James Gregory (Seattle PI, December 12, 2006)
"The Story of Seattle's Black Panther Party"
by Cara Soloman (Seattle Times, May 21, 2006)
"History of the Panthers Comes Alive in Classrooms, Meetings, Website"
by Joel Schwarz, (UWNews.org May 16, 2006)
"New Web site shows Seattle's civil rights history"
by Nancy Wick (University Week, April 7, 2005)
Housing Affordability and Livability Proposals debate (2105)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda report cites the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project's research on racially restrictive covenants as the basis for its claim that "Seattle’s zoning has roots in racial and class exclusion and remains among the largest obstacles to realizing the City's goals for equity and affordability." This one sentence has in turn sparked a public debate in Seattle about whether single family zoning is inherently racist. The findings of the SCR&LHP were discussed in a number of articles.
UW professors join single-family zoning, segregation debate sparked by mayor’s task force
by Daniel Beekman (Seattle Times, July 21, 2015)
Racism is a false issue in Seattle's land-use zoning
editorial (Seattle Times, July 22, 2015)
Segregation by Design?
by Josh Kelety (Publicola, July 21, 2015)
9 words that shook Seattle: Are our zoning roots really racial?
by Eric Scigliano (Crosscut, July 20, 2015)
"Rethinking Race and Place: The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project,"
by Trevor Griffey (OAH Magazine of History, January 2012)
“A City Learns its Civil Rights History while a University Learns New Ways to Engage Students,”
by James N. Gregory and Trevor Griffey (Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2008)
“Teaching a City about its Civil Rights History: A Public History Success Story”
by James N. Gregory and Trevor Griffey (American Historical Association Perspectives, April 2007)
"Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project: An Online Video Oral History Collection"
by James N. Gregory and Trevor Griffey
(Northwest Oral History Association Newsletter, Spring 2007)
"News from Abroad-USA"
by James N. Gregory and Trevor Griffey (Oral History, Spring 2007)
"Seattle's segregated history laid out in property deeds" Alan Schauffler, KING 5 News, April 8, 2009
"The History of Segregation in Seattle," Seattle Channel: a lecture by James Gregory, Seattle City Hall, November 8, 2006,
Sponsored by the City of Seattle Department of Executive Administration Race and Social Justice Change Team. The Seattle Channel broadcasts this talk periodically. Click here for the schedule or follow this link to watch the video now: www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5010682
Radio programs :
"Read The Fine Print: Your Home May Have A Hidden Racist Past" KUOW interview with James Gregory by Ross Reynolds, May 21, 2014.
"The War on Poverty Helped Shape Seattle Activism" KUOW interview with Trevor Griffey by Ross Reynolds, January 9, 2014.
"This American Life: Seattle's Segregated Past" KUOW interview with James Gregory by Jamala Henderson, April 10, 2010.
"Hidden in Old Home Deeds, a Segregationist Past" by Julie Rose, Weekend Edition Sunday, National Public Radio, February 7, 2010.
"The History of the KKK in Washington State" KBCS interview with Trevor Griffey, March 12, 2009.
"Seattle Civil Rights History" KUOW hour long program
broadcast January 2, 2007. Trevor Griffey and James Gregory interviewed by "Weekday" host Steve Scher with calls from listerners.
YouTube programs :
"Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History -- James Gregory" Lightening presentation at Western Humanities Alliance conference on New Modes of Scholarly Communication, UC San Diego, November 1, 2013
Reports and reviews:
Journal of American History
(March 2009) review by Peter Cole
Digital History (December 2009) review by Charles Klinetobe
History News Network (August 8, 2007)
History Matters (November 22, 2006)
The Scout Report, Internet Scout Project (December 1, 2006)
Civil Rights Teaching.org
Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technology, Advanced Collaboratory (April 4, 2006)
Intute: Social Sciences (December 4, 2006)
National Council on Public History, News and Notes (December 2006- January 2007)
Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public (University of Washington), 2015
James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities (University of Washington) 2007