Citizen's Committee for Fair Employment leads Seattle boycotts in 1950.

  • By Mary T. Henry
  • Posted 4/28/1999
  • Essay 1055

In 1950, James McDonald, an African American political activist and head of the Citizen's Committee for Fair Employment, leads a successful boycott to protest discrimination in hiring by the Safeway Stores.

In that same year, the Citizen's Committee led a successful boycott against Frederick & Nelson, a large downtown department store in Seattle.


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), 160, 178, 179, 180, 183, 184.

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