Voices Rising

Voices Rising: African American Economic Security in King County is the second in a series of reports created by Byrd Barr Place and the Seattle Community of Practice intended to encourage public dialogue and contribute to community-driven policy solutions.

Published in 2017, it combines statistical analysis with personal reflections to present a powerful picture of the systemic and individual barriers to economic security for African Americans in King County.

The report examines themes of racism and inequity that conspire to limit opportunities, including implicit bias, the legacy of slavery, gentrification and unequal access to education. It recommends better coordination to allow the African American community to realize its full impact in bringing about intergenerational well-being for Black Washingtonians.