Oct. 28: Alan ‘Al’ Sugiyama Day proclaimed

Al Sugiyama speaks at his proclamation ceremony as council members Sally Bagshow and Bruce Harrell look on.

The Seattle City Council presented a proclamation recognizing the lifetime work of Alan ‘Al’ Sugiyama, who cofounded the Asian Family Affair newspaper in 1972, promoted Asian American history throughout the 1970s, and was the first Asian American elected to the Seattle School Board. He also established the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA) in 1979, among other achievements.

For 30 years, Sugiyama’s work as executive director of the CCA helped to create and foster spaces where disadvantaged adults and youth in King and Snohomish counties can go for free education and employment and career training. ♦

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