The Seahawks’ Super Bowl win is dominating headlines and offers of Valentine’s Day discounts are clogging inboxes. With so much going on, it could be easy to lose sight of another important event taking place.
February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements of local African American heroes and heroines. This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you to celebrate by visiting one of the many parks named for Seattle’s African American leaders and learn about their contributions to the city.
Flo Ware Park, a vibrant play area for children, was named for Flo Ware, a community activist who was dedicated to social change in health care and education systems for the poor and elderly populations
Homer Harris Park held its grand opening ceremony in 2005 to honor Dr. Harris E. Homer, a dominant athlete and physician. Homer began his athletic career at Garfield High School in the 1930s and later became an All-American football player at the University of Iowa. Because the National Football League was banning black players at the time of his graduation, Homer decided to pursue medical school and went on to become a prominent dermatologist in his hometown of Seattle.
Judge Charles M. Stokes Overlook, a beautiful green space and picnic area in the I-90 lid, honors Charles Moorehouse Stokes. Stokes was elected to the Washington legislature in 1950 and served as the first black legislator from King County. He was appointed judge in 1968 and was the first black person on the King County District Court.
Pratt Park, a neighborhood playground in central Seattle, memorializes Edwin T. Pratt, the founder of the Central Area Motivation Program and the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center.
Walt Hundley Playfield, a community area that includes soccer fields, tennis courts and baseball fields, was named for Walter R. Hundley, the first African American superintendent for Seattle Parks and one of the first African Americans to head a major parks and recreation department in the United States. Hundley held his position from 1977 to 1988 and was instrumental to acquiring the High Point playfield that was later named after him.
To learn more about Black History Month and for a full listing of parks and community centers honoring African Americans, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/history/BlackHistory.htm.