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Our Shared Table: Bigger than a coffee shop, Part 2

Bigger than a coffee shop, Part 2

Mikayla Weary has been community organizing since the sixth grade. Now a 17-year-old Mikayla Weary is the president of Black Coffee NW. Darnesha Weary, owner of the shop,  intentionally gave her daughter a title of power so she can walk into a space and be a stakeholder of Black Coffee. Mikayla Weary says working in the position has opened her eyes to how power structures play out in the corporate workspace. “I've learned in America titles mean everything and Black people usually don't get the big titles, but they do the work,” Mikayla Weary said. They hope by hiring more youth they can provide more opportunities to diversify the coffee industry.

The amazing legacy of the Cayton-Revels family

A Victorian home in Seattle recently became a landmark due to the story it tells about a Black family’s quest for equality and respect and why their most treasured heirloom is a clock given by Jefferson Davis. The Cayton-Revels were newspaper publishers, influential in state politics and civic life, until they confronted a wave of racism in the early 1900s.

The Other Curtis Photographer

Photographer Edward Curtis became famous for his portraits of Indigenous peoples, but his younger brother Asahel also made indelible images that have literally shaped how we see the Pacific Northwest, from old growth forests to urban industry. Asahel's career started with documenting the Klondike gold rush, and spent the next forty years recording the rise of the industrial Pacific Northwest. Curtis' life began when the Northwest experienced the first in many industrial and technical expansions up to WWII, and he recorded nearly all of it.