Black In Seattle

Black in Seattle is a 4 part series created by Tonya Mosley. It aired on NPR member station KUOW in Seattle, Washington in the fall of 2014.

The in-depth series takes a look at the black diaspora through the eyes of reporter Tonya Mosley. In a matter of months, it sparked both a local and national dialogue about race in Seattle and America.

The hashtag #BlackInSeattle trended above the World Series during a two hour Twitter dialogue spearheaded by Tonya.

Tonya was also invited to discuss the series on The Tavis Smiley Show and is regularly invited to speak on this important work.

Part One: Struggling To Stay Connected

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.

Part Two: Busing Blues – When Seattle Sent Black Kids To White North End

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.”

Part Three: Black Man, White City

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.

These are the stories of four black men from around the Seattle area, sharing their struggles with fitting in as themselves.

Part Four: Finding A Black Man

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.”