Annual Members Meeting
Time & Location
About the Event
We are excited to present this special edition of our annual members meeting celebrating Black History Month on February 27 @12pm. We will be hosting a series of short presentations on significant black members of the Capitol Hill community throughout history. The meeting will begin with the usual business matters of recapping our activities of 2020, reviewing our finances, and renewing our board member positions followed by presentations from Taha Ebrahimi, Tom Heuser, and Lawrence Norman. (Detailed description below)
Registration for this event is free and open to the public. A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to you when you register. Membership is not required, but most welcome!
**For those interested in becoming members please visit capitolhillpast.org/membership, download, fill out, and return our pdf membership form with a check or paypal payment.
Detailed Event schedule (times are estimated)
- Introduction, recap of 2020, and renewal of board positions ~ 10 min
- First Presentation: Cayton-Revels House, by Taha Ebrahimi ~ 20 min (estimated start 12:10)
- Q&A ~ 5 min
- Interlude - shoutouts to Melvin Fortson and Marita Johnson ~ 2 min
- 2nd Presentation: Benjamin F. McAdoo Jr., by Tom Heuser ~ 15 min (estimated start 12:37)
- Q&A ~ 5 min
- 3rd Presentation: NW Computing and La Quinta Apartments, by Lawrence Norman ~ 10 min (estimated start 12:57)
- Q&A ~ 5 min
- Closing comments ~ 2 min
- Meeting adjourned ~ 1:14pm
Detailed description of presentations:
- The Cayton Revels house, located at 518 14th Ave E, is named after Horace Cayton and Susie Revels Cayton, editors of the Seattle Republican newspaper until 1913. The home was recently nominated for landmark status by a unanimous vote of the City of Seattle Landmarks Board. Capitol Hill resident Taha Ebrahimi submitted the nomination report on behalf of the house's current owners.
- Benjamin F McAdoo Jr. was the first black architect to set up office in Washington state and he was an advocate for affordable housing and civil rights. This presentation will focus on his largely overlooked early upbringing and significant connections and contributions to Capitol Hill in addition to highlighting some of his other major accomplishments and activities.
- Northwest Computing was founded in 1965 and was one of the earliest (if not the first) black-owned software companies ever founded. It was founded by Richard Norman, a boeing engineer and his wife Mildred, a computer programmer and mathematician. During Northwest Computing's years of operation, Richard also owned and lived at the La Quinta Apartments with Mildred and their son Lawrence. Lawrence will be sharing their story as well as his own story growing up at the La Quinta in the late 60s and early 70s.