SEATTLE—Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County today welcomed Deaunte Damper as the chapter’s incoming board chair.
“Deaunte’s breadth of experience and leadership skills are an excellent match for our active and growing chapter,” said Ebony Miranda, the outgoing chair who will now become chair emeritus. “His deep roots in the community are a huge asset for the continued fight for Black liberation.”
A native Seattleite, Damper has made a career of bringing HIV awareness and LGBTQIA+ affirming education to communities throughout the city. In 2019, he became the national NAACP’s first LGBTQIA Chair.
Over the years, Damper has worked as a transition specialist with the state Department of Corrections, and as the Black Student Union advisor for Rainier Beach High School. He is the founder of the support group, B.R.O.T.H.A. (Blacks Recovering Overcoming Trauma Health and Awareness).
Damper also serves on the steering committee for the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance.
Miranda (they/them) guided the chapter during an historic time. With their leadership, BLM Seattle led 85,000 people in the June 2020 March of Silence; partnered on successful efforts to have racism declared a public health crisis in King County; and began an unprecedented effort by Black-led organizations across the state to pass legislation for Black Lives in Olympia.
“We have a lot to do, from policy advocacy to direct action,” said Damper. “I’m grateful for and humbled by the community trust to lead this work forward.”
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is volunteer led and run, centering leadership on Black femmes, women, queer and trans people.
About Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is a social advocacy organization fighting for the protection and liberation of Black Life through advocacy and direct action. BLM Seattle centers leadership on Black femmes, women, queer and trans people organizing and taking direct action to dismantle anti-black systems and policies of oppression.