Civil rights marchers in front of Olympic Hotel, Seattle, 1964

Civil rights marchers in front of Olympic Hotel, Seattle, 1964

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Creator:Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Title:Civil rights marchers in front of Olympic Hotel, Seattle, 1964

Proponents of an open housing ordinance demonstrate in front of the world-class Olympic Hotel at 411 University Street. Despite efforts to end racial discrimination in home sales and rentals, on March 10, 1964, Seattle voters rejected the ordinance 112,448 to 53,453. The ordinance, drafted by Seattle's Human Rights Commission, would have made housing discrimination a misdemeanor. Opponents, mostly in the real estate industry, argued that the ordinance would infringe on property rights. The Seattle City Council finally passed an open housing law on April 19, 1968, spurred by national unrest following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Protestors' [sic] signs: CORE - Congress of Racial Equality. Stop Racial Discrimination Now! Vote for Open Housing March 10. There Can Be No Innocent Bystanders.

Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): March 2, 1964.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Black-and-white photographs
Subjects:Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (State)--Seattle | African Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle | Hotels--Washington (State)--Seattle | Discrimination in housing--Washington (State)--Seattle | Seattle (Wash.) | King County (Wash.)
Institution:University of Washington's Libraries
Contributors:Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, Wash.) | University of Washington. Libraries. Digital Initiatives | King County Snapshots Collection (University of Washington. Libraries)
Online Publisher:[Seattle, Wash.] : University of Washington Digital Initiatives | 2001/2003
Original Material:

1 acetate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

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Forms part of the online collection: King County Snapshots: A Photographic Heritage of Seattle and Surrounding Communities.

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