On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 200 individuals committed to justice and leadership met at Mount Baker Community Club in Seattle to celebrate emergent leaders working toward equity and justice in the Seattle-Puget Sound area.
The event was hosted by Joaquin Uy. He is the Ethnic Media and Communications Specialist for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and also serves as a campaigns advisor for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Bayan, a global grassroots Filipino American coalition.
The guests enjoyed several performances from local artists. The event opened with the original song “Take My Hand” written by Chloe Copoloff and performed by Gigi Huang, Kira Baker, Shreyas Raman, and Tye Ellis. Other performances punctuating the events of the evening included Mexican folk dancing by Luis Garcia and Breanna Hernández of Bailadores de Bronce, B-Girl Anna Banana Freeze from the Massive Monkees, and West African Drumming by Afua Kouyaté and Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyaté.
Keeping with the spirit of celebrating the Seattle social justice community as family, dinner was served family-style with food prepared by our latino community and family members, Bangkok Basil, Thai Curry Simple, and Kusina Filipina.
We presented seven awards, including the inaugural Maeda Award, named in honor of Sharon Maeda, community activist and 21 Progress’ first executive director. Our 2016 awardees are Ariana Davis, worker’s rights advocate; Edi Flores, youth advocate; Amy Kele, student advocate; Sam Keller, worker’s advocate; Carlos Willcuts, youth and family advocate, and our Maeda Award winner Brady Huang, peace activist. To learn more about all these phenomenal leaders, please read this post.
To join us for this year’s Imagine Us! on April 13, 2017, purchase tickets here: http://imagineus17.bpt.me/
For more personal stories and to hear how 21 Progress’ programs develop skills in leaders, watch the following video featured at Imagine Us.