Q2: Occupy, Then

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

           Formed out of a stand against oppression and segregation, Beacon Hill’s El Centro de la Raza is a modern testament to the power of peaceful occupation and united voices. Established in 1972 as the result of Latino and Chicano actualization of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, today the center is a web of cultivated support to the surrounding community, welcoming all.

A vibrant mural originally painted during the three month occupation still graces the main floor hallway of the historic former schoolhouse. The living history has been accentuated and added to to depict changes that the ensuing centuries have brought.

The bountiful additions that each can bring to the table for all to share is captured in this section of the canvas’ story. El Centro strives to live this out via 12 founding principles19 core outcomes enacted through various social services, civil rights advocacy, educational and cultural programs.

The legacy of El Centro as a powerful voice unafraid to effect change is a vibrant current model of an organization’s founding in a time of turmoil and achieving sustained growth through succeeding eras of evolution. With continued commitment to the unwavering passion of its founder, who actively sought dialogue with Seattle populations across all sectors, El Centro’s current staff carries on this mission.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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One response

  1. Thank you for continuing to share beautiful photos, Amanda. Perhaps a picture really is worth a [thousand] words! I have a number of questions for you:

    What made you think to visit El Centro (do you have personal ties)?

    Why was there a lag in the actualization of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Did the 1972 occupation only happen in Seattle?

    Do you think the passion of the founder is the reason El Centro is continuing to sustain growth?

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