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SHA race and social justice Board resolutions July 2020

SHA race and social justice Board resolutions July 2020

On Monday, July 20, 2020, members of the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions that strengthen SHA’s commitment to race and social justice.

Housing Authority of the City of Seattle - Resolution no. 5193 

A resolution relating to race and social justice, denouncing racism and social injustice, committing the Seattle Housing Authority to an active role in eliminating racism in all its forms in Housing Authority administration and operations and dedicating the Housing Authority to social justice in all its activities. Read the full resolution.

Housing Authority of the City of Seattle - Resolution no. 5194 

John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) .

A resolution relating to Representative John Lewis, acknowledging his contributions to the civil rights movement in the United States and his accomplishments on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised and expressing appreciation for his courageous lifelong commitment to  civil and human rights. Read the full resolution.

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John Robert Lewis was an American politician and civil-rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. Lewis served as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.

Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, armed Alabama police attacked unarmed civil rights demonstrators, including Lewis and Hosea Williams.

Read a complete biography or watch a video tribute.