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The Seattle Open Housing Campaign, 1959-1968

City Council Sit-in
Four women sit on the floor in the Seattle City Council chamber during a civil-rights hearing while sit-in spokesman Eddie Givens, right, speaks about the composition of the city Human Rights Commission. Demonstrators were protesting the fact that though the Commission was created to address an open-housing law, only two of its 12 members were African American (Rev. Sam McKinney and John Allen). The girls were, from left: Delores Hall, 18; Jackie Ellis, 11; Infanta Spence, 20; and Susan Van Dong, 20. Councilmen were, from left, Charles M. Carroll, J.D. Braman and Paul Alexander.

Courtesy: Bruce McKim/The Seattle Times


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