Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mike Tagawa. Former Metro Driver and Black Panther Minister of Education

Mike Tagawa. Former Metro Driver and Black Panther Minister of Education 


Photo: Madeline Crowley


Do you think that in any way that there was a connection between you being born in a concentration camp and you becoming a Black Panther Party member?



Yeah. I think that figured into my psyche, that we because of our race - our ethnicity - were
thrown into a concentration camp. In other words, we were treated badly, because we were different. That’s exactly what’s happening to all my black brothers and sisters who were
getting treated badly.

Tagawa Family. Minidoka Concentration Camp. Collection: Mike Tagawa

This interview is now available in the book, We Lived Here, published by Chin Music Press: https://chinmusicpress.bigcartel.com/product/we-lived-here-stories-from-seattle-s-central-area




Mike & Eugene Tagawa with Maternal Grandfather. Collection: Mike Tagawa


Mike & Eugene Tagawa . Renton, WA. Collection: Mike Tagawa


Renton Nazarene Sunday School. Collection: Mike Tagawa


Tagawa Family. Central District. 15th & Columbia. Collection: Mike Tagawa



Nagashima Grocery. Grandparent's store. 18th & Yesler. Collection: Mike Tagawa


Cowboys in Renton. Collection: Mike Tagawa



Mike Tagawa. Middle, 3 rows down. Garfield High Yearbook 1962 



Garfield High Classmates. Collection: Mike Tagawa



Washington Junior High Classmates. Collection: Mike Tagawa

Photo: Courtesy Faith Bible Church. History.




Photo: Courtesy of the Wing Luke Asian Museum 

Number Assigned to Mike Tagawa at Minidoka Concentration Camp. Photo: Madeline Crowley

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Mike Tagawa. Photo: Madeline Crowley



War Protest. Collection Aaron Dixon


Collection: Aaron Dixon


BPP Breakfast Program (pre-Head Start) Collection: Aaron Dixon

Mike Tagawa. Photo: Madeline Crowley

Photo Courtesy Eugene Tagawa. All rights reserved.


Memorabilia: Mike Tagawa Collection
                                              


Photo Courtesy Eugene Tagawa. All rights reserved.
Mike Tagawa in the center. 1968. Photo Courtesy Eugene Tagawa. All rights reserved.

Collection Aaron Dixon. Photo by Mr. Gilbert. Seattle Times. 1968

Collection: Aaron Dixon. Washington State Archives.

Madrona Presbyterian. Photo: Madeline Crowley




Partial Page 1, BPP Book List

Photo: Eugene Tagawa. All rights reserved.


Photo: Eugene Tagawa. All rights reserved. 


BPP Breakfast Program. Collection: Aaron Dixon



BPP Reunion. Mike Tagawa, far right 2nd row down. Collection: Mike Tagawa

[Mike was recommended for this project by Aaron Dixon, author & former Captain of the Black Panther Party
 




The People of the Central Area & their stories is very grateful to Eugene Tagawa for his beautiful photos and Zachary Hitchcock for his tireless transcription of this interview.


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Seattle, WA, United States
I am not a professional photographer nor a trained journalist. At community meetings, it became clear that many of us don’t know each other. We haven’t heard each other’s stories and don't know each other’s circumstances. This is my attempt to give a few people the chance to tell their story, to talk about our community, to say their piece in peace. As such, comments have been disabled. The views and opinions expressed here are those of each narrator and do not necessarily reflect the position of views of the CentralAreaComm.blogspot blog site itself. The CentralAreaComm.blogspot.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by narrators of this project. All interviews have been edited and in places condensed.

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