In-person and virtual experiences pay homage to Seattle’s Black and African-American community

SEATTLE – In Seattle, the legacy and achievements of Black Seattleites have shaped the city’s excellence in art, music, culture, business, science, civil rights and hospitality, among other industries.

Visit Seattle strives to honor these accomplishments in Seattle’s history and recognize the black excellence that shines in Seattle today.

Below are some of the ways Seattle celebrates in February:

  • Northwest African American Museum (NAAM): Join NAAM on February 13 as they hold their monthly Interactive story time event. NAAM’s YouTube channel will host a live reading of “The ABCs of Black History” by Rio Cortez. Then they’ll take you on an exciting virtual tour of one of Seattle’s local black-owned businesses.
  • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI): Black and Tan Hall was one of Seattle’s first interracial establishments, hosting legendary musical artists and local bands for nearly five decades. Learn more about Black and Tan Hall’s new digital Seattle Green Book Tour and enjoy The black and tan collection oil paintings by artist Bonnie Hopper, which depicted the musicians playing at the club. The Feb. 19 event will include a dialogue on the history of the Green Book and its relevance today, with presentations from the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Black and Tan Hall, and the Washington State Historical Society. .
  • Collective of black farmers: Global Family Travels invites small groups to an educational experience in partnership with Seattle’s Black Farmers Collective, a group of urban food system activists. The tour will educate participants on the intersections between urban agriculture, race and inclusion and access to food.
  • Seattle Representative: Discover the life of Fannie Lou Hamer in the Seattle Rep production of “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer.” Until February 13, this solo show with music tells the passionate story of American civil rights activist and heroine, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and seeking recognition at the Democratic National Convention, hers is a story of justice that won’t be denied.
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP): MoPOP”contact topexplores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not only in music, but also in politics, race relations, fashion and culture. Through over 170 iconic images of hip-hop’s most influential artists (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac and more) – including contact sheets that offer rare insight into the creative process of a shoot photo – Contact High examines the evolution of hip-hop, connecting us with the experiences, identities and places that have shaped the world’s most popular musical genre.
  • Seattle Center: Seattle Center’s Armory Stage hosts “A story to preservean educational exhibit about the hundreds of Buffalo Soldiers who were stationed at Fort Lawton. This exhibit introduces the fascinating stories and history of Fort Lawton (what is now Discovery Park) to the Seattle community, while demonstrating why the preservation of Fort Lawton is essential to the historical narrative of Seattle and the United States. The exhibition runs daily until February 28. Learn more about daily activities here.
  • Neptune Theatre: The award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the Neptune Theater on February 19. For 60 years, five-time Grammy Award winners from South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences around the world with uplifting vocal harmonies, iconic dance moves and charming onstage banter. Tickets and more information here.
  • The Moore Theatre: STG Presents & PDX Jazz and KEXP will host Robert Glasper ‘Black Radio’ at the Moore Theater on February 22. Glasper is the leader of a new sonic paradigm with a career that bridges musical and artistic genres. To date, he has four Grammy wins and nine nominations; and an Emmy Award for her song for the critically acclaimed documentary “13th” by Ava Duvernay with Common and Karriem Riggins. Tickets and more information here.
  • Langston Seattle: On February 5 (World Cancer Day), the nonprofit arts organization Langston Seattle will host “Closing the care gap.” The virtual conversation will focus on closing the cancer care gap among members of the Black and African American community.

Visit Seattle supports Black lives and amplifies their unique stories year-round. The organization’s I Know a Place video series follows Seattle notables on their ideal tours of the city. The campaign, which launched in fall 2021, featured prominent Black Seattleites in theater, music and sports.

  • Join the Seattle-based stage actor and ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ star Nicolas Japaul Bernard as he shows his best friend Siobhan his slice of the Emerald City.
  • Come as a musician from Seattle sassyblack shares his local favorites with his friend, artist Tyrell Shaw.
  • Join the Seattle Kraken announcer Everett “Fitz” Fitzhughthe first full-time black team announcer in the NHL, as he shows his family around their favorite Seattle spots.

Additional Resources:

  • Black Business Directory: Find a Black-owned business to support by searching the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s directory of over 90 local businesses.
  • The intentionalist: Explore black-owned businesses by neighborhood with The Intentionalist’s guide.
  • Wa Na Wari: Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of black land ownership in gentrified communities.
  • Visit Seattle’s African American Cultural Heritage Guide: Learn about the history of African American heritage in Washington.

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