[State militiamen in Issaquah on July 18, 1891. They were sent to Issaquah to impose order during a miners’ strike, during which African-American miners were unknowingly brought in as ‘scabs’.]
Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? For this Humanities Washington event, Eva Abram will talk about the history of racism and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She will explore how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans. She also will discuss how the invisible divide of racism – fed by both knowledge and ignorance – continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades. Conversation and cooperation can inspire progress and action to defeat that divide, and during this discussion, Abram makes suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
About Eva Abram
Eva M. Abram has performed in schools, theatres, and history museums throughout the northwest. As an actress, public speaker, and avid lover of history, Abram writes and performs stories about people and events that have shaped our state and our nation. Using the crafts of acting and storytelling, she creates dramatic presentations that explore race and race relations. She presents compelling, little-known stories of African Americans as well as stories that examine how business, government, and public policies affect social practices.
Ms. Abram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Policy/Public Policy from the University of Washington. Abram currently lives in Seattle.