In 1946, the National Negro Congress, the International labor Defense, and the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties combine to form the Civil
By 1952, the Seattle Civil Rights Congress had 350 members of whom 75 were African Americans.The organization supported black demands for social justice with boycotts, pickets, and demonstrations to mobilize public opinion.
The CRC brought Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the internationally renowned black singer, actor, and orator, to Seattle in 1952. After overcoming opposition from city officials because of his communist leanings, he was successfully presented in
concert at the Civic Auditorium.
Among the six prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Congress was Paul Bowen (b. 1922), an African American labor leader and former congressional candidate on the Progressive Party ticket. The others were Perry Pettus, Bill Pennock, John Dasbach, Barbara Hartle, and Henry Huff.
Quintard Taylor, The Forging of a Black Community; Seattle's Central
District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of
Washington Press, 1994), 184, 185.
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