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SUBJECT: Human Rights Week Has It ALL!


From One Family’s Experience of Japanese Internment, to South Africa’s Reparations, to Seattle Youth and Racism, to Honoring Kay Bullitt--Human Rights Week Has It ALL!

December 8-10, 1998

During December 8-10, 1998 the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) will host a series of events in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Human Rights Day. The following are events and items that offer exciting stories, including interview opportunities for the press, and vivid and compelling multi-media.

Tuesday, December 8, Multimedia Presentation on Japanese Internment

  • Arctic Building Dome Room, 700 Third Avenue, 12:00-1:30pm.
  • SOCR presents "Within the Silence: Share the Courage," a multimedia presentation about the imprisonment of Japanese -American citizens in 1942.

Tuesday, December 8, Conversation with Dr. Wendy Orr, from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • Seattle City Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Avenue, 11th Floor, 12:00-1:30pm.
  • SOCR Director Germaine Covington will host a discussion with Dr. Wendy Orr on the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its attempts at making reparations to victims of human rights violations in South Africa.

Wednesday, December 9, First-time showing of "Youth & Racism"

  • 12:00-1:00pm., Arctic Building Walrus Room, 700 Third Avenue Room 320.
  • "Youth and Racism" is a video of young people talking informally about race issues and racism, and is part of SOCR’s Channel 28 series, "We All Belong!" The show features cast members of the Tribes Project, a program for high school students that uses theatre performance as a forum for race dialogue.

Thursday, December 10, Human Rights Day Celebration: Continue the Legacy

  • 11:30am-1:30pm Arctic Building Dome Room, 700 Third Avenue
  • Kay Bullitt to receive the City of Seattle’s Distinguished Citizen Award for Human Rights
  • Speech by Shirley J. Wilcher, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP)
  • "All One Tribe" Dance Performance

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance Shirley J. Wilcher is responsible for the enforcement of laws requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to guarantee equal employment opportunity regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status. She was appointed to her post at the OFCCP by President Clinton in 1994.

Longtime Seattle resident Kay Bullitt has dedicated herself to civic activism, both nationally and internationally, for over forty years. Through her leadership in numerous organizations, including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Seattle Urban League, the Japanese American Citizens League, and as founder of Private Initiatives in Public Education, she has promoted and improved fair funding and integration in public schools, civil rights, delinquency prevention, historic preservation and the arts in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest region. She is a strong advocate for international peace and justice, and has represented Seattle in delegations to Haiti, Kenya, Cameroon, Nicaragua, China, and the former Soviet Union. She is currently working on a project to develop and improve education opportunities for children in a small Bedouin village in Israel.

All One Tribe is a Seattle dance troupe that explores cultural similarities among native Asian, African, Native American and Pacific Islanders, and combines rhythmical, aboriginal and tribal music with modern and contemporary dance forms. All One Tribe is directed and choreographed by Bengie Santos.

For more information on the 1998 Human Rights Week events, please call (206)684-4507.


Seattle Office for Civil Rights

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