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What you may not know about the history of protests in Seattle

Parker Miles Blohm
Protesters march through Seattle shortly after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protesters demonstrating on Interstate 5 dates back to the 1970s. It was an epic moment in Seattle's history — and one that the mayor and officials allowed in an effort to address the public's outrage over the Vietnam War.

Dr. Trevor Griffey co-founded the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington. He currently serves as a lecturer in U.S. History and Labor Studies in Southern California.

In this interview with KNKX's Kirsten Kendrick, Griffey looks back at how politics and social movements intersected with mass protests — and how activism along with a lot of other factors might very well prompt change.


Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.