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On Friday the 13th of January, before the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, the Prosecutor for the City of Seattle dropped all charges against Earl Debnam for painting while sitting on the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center’s property — but “without prejudice”, which means that the Prosecutor may resume charging Earl at any time up to the statute of limitations.

This outcome was not the result of negotiations. Earl is grateful for the renewed attention on his and Omari’s struggle for a real world class African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. Earl was looking forward to submitting evidence at trial and to demanding records from the City through the trial discovery process.

Was the city trying to keep Earl’s and the AAHMCC’s evidence from being circulated widely? Or is the City concerned about this amazingly embarrassing body cam video of Earl’s arrest getting out?

Below are the exhibits that Earl had submitted to his attorney to be introduced into evidence before the City Prosecutor indicated that the City would be dropping all charges. Note the evidence below that the NAAM Scam continues to outright lie on its webpage to this day!

For what it’s worth, Earl’s Public Defender predicted that all charges would be dropped as soon as he saw the body cam footage. On the video multiple SPD officers insist that Earl Debnam is Omari Tahir, even as Earl repeatedly states his name and points to his name on the list of Board of Directors for the REAL African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, founded in 1985 and which lives on to this day.

Even after the cops’ own superior officer arrived to the scene and said, “That’s not Omari”— officers pulled up a photo of Omari online and continued insisting that Earl is actually Omari!!

Clearly the City didn’t have a case and was wasting taxpayer dollars to try to harass Earl into silence and for the AAHMCC to give up their rightful claims to the Colman School building.

Here, let’s go through Earl’s evidence together.

Exhibits A & B: These photos are from the police report of Earl’s arrest on June 3, 2022 which shows the front and back sides of a magnified and laminated copy of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center’s 2021 annual report filed with and stamped by the Washington State Secretary of State, which he was holding when SPD arrested him outside the Colman School building, currently occupied by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and the Northwest African American Museum or NAAM Scam.

Exhibit C. Screenshot from NAAM’s website honoring Earl Debnam by name in the legacy of the NAAM

Exhibit D. Screenshot from NAAM’s website discussing the relationship between the AAHMCC, the ULMS and NAAM

Exhibit E. Signed Purchase & Sale Agreement between AAHMCC and the Seattle School District No 1 dated 1-16-1998

Exhibit F. AAHMCC’s proof of availability of funds dated 10-20-1999

Notice how the NAAM Scam still falsely claims on their website that the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center was founded as a non-profit organization in 1993, but the official stamped report from the WA State Secretary of State in Exhibit A shows that the AAHMCC has been formally registered since 1985.

The NAAM Scam goes on to claim that the “Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle .. takes [over] the project” of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, but as you can see, the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is still alive and well and registered to a Board of Directors that includes Omari Tahir, Earl Debnam, Wyking Garrett, Gabriel Prawl and others.

How shameless of NAAM to name Earl and Omari on their website as part of the legacy of winning the Colman School building, but then contract with Allied Security Services and make agreements with the SPD to arrest them on site, endangering the lives of our Black elders.

To this date, the Seattle School Board has never engaged in a formal process for terminating the signed Purchase & Sale Agreement with the AAHMCC.

The fact is that the AAHMCC beat the City and the settler courts at their own game. They won. The Washington State Secretary of State says that Omari is the President of the organization that had a signed purchase and sale agreement with the Seattle School District.

But the establishment united behind the Black bourgeoisie to steal the Colman School right out from under the feet of the activists who occupied the building without water and electricity for 13 long years, and the courts refuse to consider the evidence of this ongoing wrongdoing.

Our elders are getting old. Will they anoint respected movement leaders with the fearless revolutionary spirit to continue this struggle? Will the longest occupation of a public building in US history really end with the building triple mortgaged and defaulted by the corrupt Urban League? Time will tell. One thing is for sure: Earl is not done painting yet. Come visit Earl outside the Colman School building where he enjoys painting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and sometimes Saturdays.

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AAHM&CC 2022 Art Recovery Report

Part 1 of 2

This post series is drawn from a July 2022 report documenting the condition of AAHM&CC artworks recovered and documented on April 10, 2022 at Public Storage on MLK.

On March 6, 2022, workers hired by the Urban League dismantled the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center (AAHM&CC) installations in the courtyard of the Colman School building at 2300 South Massachusetts Street. They cut into the modular shed housing the art studio and art storage. Many artworks in the shed were relocated to a locker at a Public Storage facility on Martin Luther King Jr Way S at I-5. Some artworks were not brought to shed and are lost.

Our volunteers examined the artworks upon recovery. They recorded written condition notes, and performed photo documentation using smartphone cameras.

Storage conditions upon recovery

Art shed artworks and other objects were jammed together in a small storage locker. Small paintings, objects and works on paper were scattered in black plastic bags or clear plastic. Moisture was present in some bags, which promoted mold growth. Stacked crates with hoses on top were tipped onto large paintings on canvas, causing distortion and other damage.

1 – Storage of paintings on discovery

Storage of paintings on discovery

2 – Ongoing mechanical damage to paintings

Damage to 2021 painting by artist in residence Earl Debnam

3 – Earl Debnam in his AAHM&CC studio, June 2021

Earl Debnam in his AAHM&CC studio, June 2021

Many paintings by artist in residence Earl Debnam were damaged during their seizure and storage. Volunteers inventoried and documented Debnam’s works created during the 2020-2022 AAHM&CC occupation, allowing comparison with their current condition. This is the condition of one of these paintings after its recovery.

4 – 2021 painting by Earl Debnam before damage

2021 painting by Earl Debnam before damage

5 – Damaged painting with several scratches to paint layers circled

Damaged painting with several scratches to paint layers circled

This oil painting was stored in direct contact with heavy objects and hoses during storage. The paint surface is now disrupted by long scratches. The canvas now has significant planar distortion, which can be seen more easily on the unpainted reverse side of the canvas. There is also mold damage on the reverse. The planar distortion may reverse on its own as the canvas rests, however the other condition issues require conservation treatment.

5 – Reverse side of painting before damage

Reverse side of painting before damage

6 – Reverse side of damaged painting with several areas of planar distortion circled

Reverse side of damaged painting with several areas of planar distortion circled
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Hear Malcolm X, as he actually spoke!

The actual speeches of Malcolm X (May 19, 1921 – February 21, 1965) are significantly different than the imaginary movie script speeches Denzel Washington spoke into Spike Lee’s camera for the 1992 entertainment film.

AAHM&CC Commemorates Malcolm X

It could be said (and are saying it), that the fiction version of Malcolm X begins that movie acting more hostile toward white people than real-life Malcolm ever acted, and ends the movie being more conciliatory toward them than real-life Malcolm ever was.

The AAHM&CC urges you to listen to these essential speeches, so you can compare and contrast the real and the fiction versions for yourself, drawing your own conclusions.

By Any Means Necessary
We Want Complete Separation
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 1
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 2
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 3
Keep That White Man’s Claws Off Our Women
Racist In Reverse
The Crisis of Racism
End Police Brutality
Opposing Military Service
We Have No Freedom
The Cure of White’s Disease

America’s Race Problem

FBI and Black Muslims

Harlem Unity Rally (in 12 parts)
Don’t Sit In. Stand Up.

“Our Problems Are Your Problems”

You Can’t Hate the Roots of a Tree and Not Hate the Tree
“Think For Yourself” speech

Ballot Or Bullet, Cleveland OH version, April 3, 1964

No Such Thing as a Peaceful Revolution

MALCOLM X SPEAKS (full pdf of the book)

Black Nationalism Can Set Us Free

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UPDATE: Elder Omari Tahir gives interview with Converge Media, March 7th, 2022, after Urban League / Cops raid us yet again.

Update: Elder Omari Tahir gives interview with Converge Media, March 7th, 2022, after Urban League & Cops raid us yet again.

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Two of the Museum’s founders, in the December darkness of 1985

1986-01-VOLUME26-No.5-NORTHWEST PASSAGE-article:-“Black-Cultural-Center-Or-White-Elephant”

(Click here for an eyewitness account of the police raid.)

2008-03 March 2008 Video Statement of the AAHM&CC in response to the formal “Opening” of the Urban League Village “NAAM” Scam: (It took a person getting arrested at that time, in order to even get this message out.)

2015-07-22-the-false-arrest-of-two-aahmcc-board-members-in-their-own-building, including Seattle-city-council-candidate Omari Tahir Garrett. (We were held overnight in William Rufus King County Jail, and released the next morning with no charges filed.)

2020-07-07 ART AND POLITICS NOW: OCCUPYING THE NAAM – by Susan N. Platt PhD.

2020-09-01 Black Lives Matter and Occupations -Leschi Community Council Newsletter