The Project also includes an interview with Earl
George, an African American longshoreman who participated in the strike. He would
later become an important leader in the Washington State Communist Party and the
first black president of an ILWU local -
Seattle’s local 9.
George was one of only a few members of Seattle’s
African American population to belong to a union in 1919. The interracial International
Longshoremen’s Association was the exception in a nearly all-white Seattle