Stores, restaurants, hotels,
bars, beauty parlors, barber shops, even doctor’s offices
sometimes refused to serve Black people or Chinese, Japanese,
or Filipino Americans. The Civic Unity Committee, a civil rights
organization founded in 1944, documented complaints and tried
to convince businesses to open their doors to everyone.
the early 1950s, the efforts of the CUC and more forceful protests
by other organizations had convinced most stores to put away
the “whites only” signs.
Pickets protest the racist practices of
a Seattle grocery story
in this 1947 demonstration organized by the Communist Party