KBAC to host community meeting Saturday

The Kent Black Action Commission hosts an opportunity for African American South King County residents to voice their concerns about issues in the area to elected officials.

The next Action Up Meeting is 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the Kent Commons' Green River Room, 525 4th Ave. N.

Several state senators and representatives have been invited, as well as local Kent City Council members. Some of the elected officials have confirmed their attendance.

"We are looking forward to hearing from them (the officials) as we, the Black Community represented, voice our concerns surrounding education, economics, new policy and legislation, our schools and the part we play in cities we live in, here in the South King County region," Gwen Allen-Carston, KBAC executive director, wrote in an email. "We need to raise our voices directly to those we have voted for, so that no one can speak for us, but us."

KBAC has been in existence since July 2011 as a nonprofit organization and has a growing membership, according to Allen-Carston.

The group is targeting the opinions of African Americans in the diverse communities of Kent, Renton, Auburn, Federal Way and Tukwila.

For more information about the group, visit

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