Black In Seattle

Sherrell Dorsey.
Sherrell Dorsey.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Seattle is the 11th largest city in the US; and the fifth whitest. As part of the Program Venture Fund, Tonya Mosley examines a key question that is a part of her life and community: What is it like to be black in Seattle?

From experiencing the public school’s busing program in the 1970s to struggling with single life in the city – Mosley captures stories that point to the history and future of understanding racial identity in our Northwest metro area, its rewards and its challenges.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

Funding for Black In Seattle was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern, the KUOW Board of Directors and Listener Subscribers.

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In late October, KUOW aired Tonya Mosley’s four-part series “Black in Seattle.” The series immediately struck a chord for listeners throughout the Puget Sound area. The discussion continued online, with a robust and eager audience.

Historic Seattle/Washington Hall and KUOW 94.9 continued the conversation “offline” at Washington Hall on Nov. 13. Below is a video produced by Seattle Channel and a snapshot of the evening as documented on Twitter. Panelist biographies are beyond the jump.

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Nov 1, 2013
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Oct 31, 2013

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Busing Blues'

Oct 30, 2013
Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series continued Tuesday with a piece on the Seattle Public Schools' 21-year busing program and the way it continues to affect the way black people, some of who are parents now themselves, view their community and education.

Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

New Series On Race Coming To KUOW

Oct 28, 2013

Debuting this week, Tonya Mosley brings us a four-part series titled "Black In Seattle" that will examine the stories and impressions of black people in Seattle and surrounding areas.