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Black History Month Events for Seattle-Area Families

Learn about and celebrate Black history in 2021

Nancy Chaney

Published on: January 29, 2021

Actor Chadwick Boseman portraying the charactor Black Panther in the 2017 Marvel Studios movie 'Black Panther'
Chadwick Boseman in the film "Black Panther." Credit: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

February is Black History Month, a time to dedicate attention to and seek understanding of the many contributions of Black Americans to science, art, music, culture, human rights and more. Local museums and other organizations invite families to take part in workshops, discussions and celebrations, online this year, of course.

If you care, show up:

It’s not enough to say we care. We have to show up. If you’ve committed to doing more to end racism in the U.S., join ParentMap Wednesday, Feb. 24 for a free ParentEd Talk, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism,” featuring founder and activist Jeffery Robinson. Register now.

Monday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.: Shoreline Public Schools presents "Black Voices," a series of online events celebrating Black excellence. Hop online for a viewing of the film "Black Panther" followed by a panel conversation about Afrofuturism.

Feb. 2–23: In honor of Margaret S. Collins, the first African American woman entomologist, also known as the "Termite Lady", the City of Auburn has prepared Bug Kits for bug exploration at home. Reserve online and pick-up at the Auburn Community Center. ($8 Auburn resident/ $10 non-resident).

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.: Also part of Shoreline Public Schools' series, join online for a Black author book fair and take part in a talk by bestselling author Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.: Washington State History Museum presents an online series called "Black History is Washington History." Thursday's session will be an in-depth conversation about the growth of hip hop in the Seattle region.

Friday, Feb. 5, 4 p.m.: Join another virtual program by Shoreline Public Schools to learn about HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Hear from graduates, current attendees and learn about the history and significance of these great institutions. 

Fridays, Feb. 5–26: Support a great organization while fueling your soul with delicious food. The Soul of Seattle is hosting virtual events every Friday in February. Join for cooking demos, a talk with black culinary leaders and a virtual dance party finale. All events come with the option to add on a curated three-course meal from a local Black-owned restaurant. ($30+)

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:30–3 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2–4 p.m.: Kids can receive free books highlighting Black authors and illustrators at two separate NAAM Knowlege is Power Book Giveaway events. The first is at CAYA and the second is at Neighborhood House.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m.: Celebrate Black History with KCLS and Dr. Michelle H. Martin as she shares new books about African American children enjoying the great outdoors, helping to break the stigma and inspiring us all to get outside.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m.: Gather your crew around the computer for a Black History Month storytelling session presented by UHeights with Kibibi Monie, the storyteller at the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Village and the director of the Nu Black Arts Theater.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.: Celebrate Black voices with a night at the opera, IRL! NAAM and the Seattle Opera have come together to present a drive-in performance at the Museum on Flight. Tickets must be reserved in advance ($40 per vehicle).

Saturday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m.: Listen to local youth as they share their thoughts on Black history and their hopes for the future during a virtual talk hosted by NAAM.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Join ParentMap and Jeffery Robinson of the Who We Are Project for an online discussion about American history as you may not know it. Learn about the enduring legacy of white supremacy in our country and how we can overcome it.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.: Join the conversation recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month with the Gates Foundation. Hear from people living with HIV and discuss ways to break the stigma around HIV/AIDS.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Hear from members of our community about how local Black events impacted them at this online event presented by MOHAI and the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.: Another session with the Washington State History Museum invites the public for a look at Jacob Lawrence's commissioned art telling the story of George Bush, a black settler who co-founded the city now known as Tumwater, Wash. 

Sunday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m.: Hear stories by African American authors, plus music, at this online read-aloud event with the UW Masters of Library and Information Science students.

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