Seattle, WA – In the spirit of Freedom Summer of 1964 and Freedom Schools that took place across Seattle in 1966, a multicultural group of dedicated Seattle Youth are coming together this summer to work against racism in the 10th annual Tyree Scott Freedom School. The Freedom School will take place July 12th - July 16th at the Cannon House 113 23rd Ave South from 10am-4pm. The Seattle Freedom School is being organized by The People’s Institute Northwest and the American Friends Service Committee.

The term “freedom school” was first used during Freedom Summer in 1964, during which 30 freedom schools were established throughout Mississippi to bring attention to the racial inequalities in the state’s educational system.

In 1966, for two days, K-12 students poured out of Seattle’s public schools and attended “freedom schools” across the city to protest racial segregation in the Seattle school system.
This year, the Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle will continue in the tradition of those earlier freedom schools teaching approximately 45 students about the history and current manifestations of institutional racism, the struggles and achievements of people of color, economic inequality, non-violence and knowing your rights with the police. We will also look at racism in the criminal justice and educational systems and take field trips around Seattle to learn about historical community organizing efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle is one of several freedom schools taking place across the country this summer in order to bring attention to systemic racism nation-wide.

If you would like to observe Freedom School, interview the organizers or speak with participants, please contact Dustin Washington at (206) 818-3993 or at dwashington@afsc.org.

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