Washington State Black Members Caucus Statement Honoring Former Rep. Vivian L. Caver

Olympia – Today, the Washington state Legislature’s Black Members Caucus Chair Rep. Jamila Taylor (D-Federal Way) and Vice-Chair Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley (D-Seattle) released the following statements to honor the life of former state Rep. Vivian L. Caver.

“The legacy of former Rep. Vivian Caver cannot be fully encapsulated in one short statement. The impacts of her leadership extend into minds, hearts, history books, policies and communities across the state. From racially integrating the workforce of Seattle department stores, to making housing more inclusive in historically white neighborhoods, to pushing for and then leading the Seattle Human Rights Commission — Rep. Caver blazed trails of equity and belonging,” said Taylor.

“It’s because of Rep. Caver and others like her that the Black Members Caucus can exist today. She warned against complacency towards discrimination, and we continue to heed that counsel by advancing legislation that will undo the legacy of racism,” Taylor added.

“Rep. Caver brought a sense of community and social justice to all her work serving the public in so many capacities — including as one of the first Black women to serve the 37th Legislative District. I and so many are honored to have her example of what is possible as we consider how Black women continue to make bold and compassionate change in Washington state,” said Harris-Talley.

“We stand on the shoulders of this incredible woman and vow to carry her mission forward. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family. Please know that we will carry her spirit with us as we work to create a state where everyone can succeed, regardless of their skin tone or zip code,” Taylor concluded.

Former Rep. Vivian Caver passed away on August 22. Among many roles, professions and community volunteer positions, she served the people of the 37th Legislative District in the state House in 1994-95.