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Come and Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Seattle’s First Demonstration Led by Asian Americans (Free)

“If there are no Asian administrators working, there will be nobody working”
-- Alan Sugiyama, Oriental Student Union Co-chairman, March 2, 1971


On February 9 and March 2, 1971, the Oriental Student Union led demonstrations at Seattle Central Community College, closing the District’s administration building to protest the lack of Asian American administrators at the multi-ethnic college. Come and hear from the leaders and supporters about how these historic demonstrations sparked the Asian American Civil Rights Movement in the greater Seattle area, and what it means 40 years later.

This event will have original documents, photos and audio speeches from the demonstration. This event jump started the Asian civil rights movement. Other speakers include:

* YK Kuniyuki, former UW Asian American studies lecturer
* Sue Tomita, former Director of Counseling for Harborview
* Annie Galarosa, former Counselor at Seattle CCC
* Frank Irigon, former Board of Trustee of Renton College
* Ruthanne Kurose, member Liquor Control Board.
* Keith Yamaguchi, Commander of Nisei Vet's


Seattle Central Community College
Broadway Performance Hall
1701 Broadway (Broadway and Pine)
(parking available in garage behind performance hall on Harvard)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 7PM


OSU Co-chairs Alan Sugiyama and Mike Tagawa and many of the original demonstrators and supporters

For more information, contact Alan Sugiyama at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsored by:

Asian Pacific Directors Coalition
City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Seattle
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle Community College District