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 …

A Case of Identity Theft

By: Richard Johnson. Lately, there has been increasing debate over what we should call ourselves, African-American, Black, Afro-American, and yes even Negro. I am not here to advocate for one descriptor or another, however I do think that any discussion about our identity should be put into the context of how we got where we are today. For the sake of this discussion, I separated our journey from Africa to where we find ourselves in present day America into three phases: enslavement, the awakening, and the current reality. Let’s start Read More …

The History of KBAC

KBAC was started as group of concerned and knowledgeable African Americans gathered in the garage meeting area at the home of Apostle James and his wife Alice.  We began by having round table discussions about how we can come together, watch out for the interest and matters concerning and surrounding the Black/African American Community and advance our efforts as a part of the growing diversity within the city of Kent and the South King County region, to remain included and involved. We met at places like Kona Kai Coffee, in our early Read More …

KBAC Launching a Legacy

Kent Black Action Commission Vision Our vision is that the Kent Black Action Commission is highly successful in implementing its overall work plan and as a result the City of Kent and all of South King County will be held up as a bright beacon of accomplishment in the areas of social and economic justice. And the Black community, as well as the community-at-large is reaping the benefits of an improved quality of life that takes full advantage of the richness of our diversity. Mission Statement We are the Kent Read More …

What is Juneteenth?

History of Juneteenth On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation, signed into law by Abraham Lincoln declared that “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State… shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”  This sounds good, but contrary to popular belief, it did not immediately free a single slave as the country was in the midst of a civil war. This was most evident in the state of Texas which was almost entirely under Confederate control.  On June 19, 1865, two and a half Read More …

Welcome to KBAC

Kent Black Action Commission is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization incorporated in Washington State. Kent Black Action Commission was born out of a need to have a forum for the African American Community to come together on issues that affect our community.  Whether that need concerns education, community resources, the job market, politics, health, or social interests, KBAC is the place to be. We are dedicated to sharing interests, issues, community concerns, activities, events and call to action the solutions which make all of our lives better. DIVERSITY  Although our focus is Read More …