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Gonzaga to present “Black Spokane”


By Julie Henling

blackspokaneOn Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Gonzaga University’s School of Law will discuss “Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest” in the Barbieri Courtroom. The discussion will be led by Dwayne A. Mack, the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American History at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. 

Spokane’s first African-American mayor, James Chase, was elected in 1981. Winning with a landslide vote, Chase’s accomplishment was a victory for the civil rights movement in the Inland Northwest and Washington State.

“Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest” will follow the civil rights movement and the history of African-Americans in the Spokane are. Mack will discuss how these events played a larger role in the national civil rights movement by sharing the formerly neglected history of civil rights activism.

This event is free to the public, and free parking will be available at the Law School. For more information, call the Gonzaga history department at (509) 313 – 3691.

About Julie Henling

Julie Henling is a student at Gonzaga University. After she graduates, she plans to teach English and become a middle or high school English teacher. If she is not in class or studying, she can most likely be found running or reading. ​

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