This evening, Seattle writer Azure Savage will speak about his new book, You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, an exploration of the experience that students of color have in the schools they attend around the Seattle area. It incorporates direct quotes from interviewed students, as well as the author’s own personal experiences from when they were in elementary school, to now, about to enter their senior year of high school. Digging into these experiences allows us to find meaning, and understand the factors that create them.
Azure Savage is a queer, trans, black high school student entering his senior year. He lives in Seattle with his mom, three dogs, and a cat. His main interests right now are community organizing and pushing for systematic changes within society. Azure is above all a survivor. He wants to use the painful experiences that he has in order to spread awareness and improve the lives of others. He hopes to continue work in community, and attend university for psychology.
Azure Savage will appear in conversation with Marcus Harrison Green, the former South King County Reporter for the Seattle Times, the co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald, a former Reporting Fellow with YES! Magazine, a past board member of the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a recipient of Crosscut’s Courage Award for Culture. Growing up in South Seattle, he experienced first-hand the neglect of news coverage in the area by local media, which taught him the value of narratives. After an unfulfilling stint working for a Los Angeles based hedge-fund in his twenties, Marcus returned to his community determined to tell its true story, which led him to start the South Seattle Emerald, and eventually move on to cover the area as a reporter for the Seattle Times.
You Failed Us is being reprinted and we will have copies available for purchase this evening.