Rags To Riches Demonstration Against Racism Held at City Hall

Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold and Councilmember Penny Sweet all joined James Whitfield and his team in denouncing racism at a demonstration and community response on Wednesday outside Kirkland City Hall. The response is in answer to an incident involving a KKK robe being used to intimidate a minority-owned business in Redmond.

Community members were invited to add their voices by writing their own declarations of belief and intent and adding it to the archway. The arch will remain in the city for a week before moving to a Issaquah for another week then to Sammamish and Renton as well as at some local colleges, where that community can add their voices against racism and support for diversity to this symbolic display throughout Black History Month.

The display will grow more beautiful as it moves through our region – a symbol of our commitment to stand against racism and strive to create a beloved community.