Seattle voters elect slate of reformers and first African American, Sam Smith, to the City Council on November 7, 1967.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 1989

On November 7, 1967, Seattle voters launch a "revolution" on the Seattle City Council by electing the body's first African American member, State Senator Sam Smith (1922-1995), and reformers Phyllis Lamphere and Tim Hill. The latter two candidates are sponsored by CHECC (Committee to Choose an Effective City Council) and the election of all three represents a rebuke of the city's conservative, business-dominated leadership.


Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995).

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