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League of Women Voters Learn About Black History in Kitsap County

On Wednesday, May 21, 2009, Dianne P. Robinson and Patricia Moncure Thomas were invited to speak on black history at a meeting of the League of Women Voters. Island Lake Community Center located in Poulsbo, WA was a beautiful meeting location. Ms. Robinson spoke eloquently of her growing up years in Florida and other the major role grandmother and other community members played in developing the woman she is today. Ms. Thomas prsented information on the rich history of African American pioneers who came to Kitsap County, WA documented as early as the 1850's debunking the notion that African Americans did not play a significant role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.

Below is a short photo video from the meeting. Click on "Play" and the video should begin automatically. 

The video begins with the meeting at Island Lake and ends with photos of a young Mrs. Lillian Walker who arrived in Bremerton, WA in the 1940's where she lived in the segregated housing area known as Sinclair Heights and Sinclair Park. Mrs. Walker was recently honored at the 60th Anniversary of the YWCA - Bremerton as the only living founder of the YWCA - Bremerton Branch.

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