WITH PRIDE: Uplifting LGBTQ History on BlackPast.org
The first African American woman elected to to the Seattle City Council (1991), Sherry D. Harris was also the first out black lesbian elected to public office in the United States. Image: public domain via blackpast.org
This is a special section of BlackPast.org dedicated to presenting the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) people who have made contributions to both African American history and culture and American history and culture. The page is divided into Entry sections on LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest, the rest of the United States, and finally, people of African ancestry around the world who are LGBTQ. The section also features links related to the individual and collective history of LGBTQ people.
1919 GENERAL STRIKE
Shipyard workers go on strike at Skinner and Eddy, the largest shipyard in Seattle. Photo: UW Special Collections
The Seattle General Strike of February 1919 was the first city-wide labor action in America to be proclaimed a “general strike.” It led off a tumultuous era of post-World War I labor conflict that saw massive strikes shut down the nation's steel, coal, and meatpacking industries and threatencivil unrest in a dozen cities. Learn more about the strike through oral histories, student research essays, primary documents and more through the Seattle General Strike Project.