Larry Gossett grew up in South and Central Seattle in the 1950s and 1960s. In the late 1960s, he became one of Seattle's best known young black radicals. He was active in Seattle's Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1967, and co-founded the University of Washington Black Student Union (UW BSU) in 1968. Through the BSU, Gossett helped push the UW to create a Black Studies Program. He also helped organize nearly a dozen high school and middle school Black Student Unions throughout the city. As a pioneering staff member of the UW's Office of Minority Affairs from 1970-73, he helped found some of the key institutions for promoting and sustaining racial and economic diversity at the UW. -- Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, University of Washington WWW site.