Looking back at The Black Lens launch week

Feb. 2 was the official launch day of The Black Lens. The day began with a news conference hosted by state Sen. Maria Cantwell and City Council President Betsy Wilkerson. Members of The Black Lens team also appears on KREM-TV as part of a special for Black History Month. That evening was the official launch party for The Black Lens, which took place at the Steam Plant rooftop event center. The Williams family blessed the evening with their presence, in honor of our founder Sandy Williams. The event was emceed by Michael Bethely, and the event kicked off with editor Natasha Hill. Guest speakers include NAACP president Lisa Gardner, Wilkerson, mayor Lisa Brown and Cantwell. The Community Step Team, coached by Stephaine Courtney, made an appearance and brought the heat. The new Black Lens board of directors, in attendance, includes Rick Williams, Renika Williams, Luc Jasmin III, Alethea Duman, Robert Lloyd and Michael Bethely. The week was capped off with a Sound of (Black) Music performance Feb. 6 at Gonzaga’s Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.