KBAC Candidates Forum held in Kent

Reported By Mark Klaas. Photos & Video Production By Davies Chirwa. Reference: Kent Reporter Local candidates, including familiar personalities who occupy seats in the state House of Representatives, agreed on many issues during a two-hour forum Oct. 19 at Kent Commons. They want equitable, strong funding for public schools. They want an affordable transportation system that relieves gridlock. They want to improve dialogue with and opportunities for ethnic communities. They want to do more to ease the plight of others, embracing diversity and emphasizing that all lives matter. The debate, Read More …

KBAC Press Release for March 2017

Media Release Kent Black Action Commission 24914 109th PL SE Kent, WA  98030 (253) 486-9029 February 28, 2017 Kent Black Action Commission Announces: Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program   DATE: Deadline for applications March 17, 2017   Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) is very excited to announce our new partnership with Girls Who Code (GWC). GWC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In keeping with this mission GWC is conducting Summer Immersion Programs throughout the country. The Summer Immersion Program is free Read More …

More than 600 Seattle Education Association members took part in the Martin Luther King Day of Action

More than 600 SEA members took part in the Martin Luther King Day of Action. The day started early as members gathered at Rainier Beach and Roosevelt High Schools to assemble their school signs and board buses to Olympia for a rally and march to support fully funding public education in our state. The 600 SEA members stood with another 6000 WEA members on the steps of the state Capitol to demand full funding for education. Superintendent Larry Nyland joined us on the steps in Olympia, and school board member Read More …

Thandi Chirwa interviews Kent Black Action Commission Youth at the Washington State Capital

The Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) Youth traveled to the the Washington State Capital  for the MLK Jr. Day Legislative Rally. Interviewed by Thandi Chirwa, KBAC youth have continued to learn about Black History both in America and the African heritage. The youth participated in all programs and they where able to air their opinions, knowledge and experiences on camera hosted by Thandi. Thandi Chirwa is American Television Anchor and junior brand ambassador for Channel A TV. Born to her father  Davies Chirwa who is the Founder & President for Read More …

Kent Black Action Commission Media Release February 2017

Media Release Kent Black Action Commission 24914 109th PL SE Kent, WA  98030 (253) 486-9029 February 4, 2017 Kent Black Action Commission Announces: the Charles Rolland 2017 African American Legislative Day DATE: Monday February 20, 2017 TIME: 9:00pm-3:00pm PLACE: Washington State Capital, Olympia, WA      In honor of Black History month the Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) is once again partnering with the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter and the Washington State Christian Coalition to host the” Charles Rolland 2017 African American Legislative Day”.  In conjunction with the Kent Read More …

Black History Month Proclaimed in the City of Kent

On February 3, 2017 Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke invited Gwen Allen-Carston the Executive Director of the Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) to attend the February 7, 2017 Kent City Council meeting to receive a proclamation of “African American History Month”. At the city council meeting the members in attendance, Gwen Allen-Carston Executive Director, Azalea Johnson Secretary, and Richard Johnson Marketing and Media Relations, were called to the front of the council chamber. After reading the text aloud, the Mayor proclaimed February 2017 as “African American History Month” in the city Read More …

Mayor Suzette Cooke Proclamation for Kent Black Action Commission

JUNETEENTH IN KENT, WA. At the June 19th, 2012 Kent City Council Meeting, a Proclamation was issued emphasizing the significance of the Juneteenth celebration in African American history and in the heritage of the nation and the city of Kent.  This was a historical event as Gwen Allen Carston, Executive Director of the Kent Black Action Commission, accepted the proclamation along with other KBAC members. Kent’s first Juneteenth celebration was held as a family reunion picnic style event on June 24, 2012 at the Kent Senior Center. The event was Read More …

MLK J.r Day Legislative Rally in Olympia, 2017

On January 16, 2017 Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) joined with several coalition partners to conduct a legislative rally at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. This was the second year in a row that a rally of this type was held in Olympia. KBAC members, parents, and students numbering 32 strong boarded a deluxe tour bus at Kent-Meridian High School a set off to join a caravan to Olympia, WA. After arriving in Olympia participants were treating to lunch and had time to tour the campus and interface with Read More …