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Black History Month Seattle

Promotional image from Northwest African American Museum's "A Night at the Opera."

Black History Month 2021 events and resources for Seattle families

Things to do at home, online and in person.

Black History Month is a great time to educate yourself and your family about history and racial justice, and there are lots of local resources and events for doing that around Seattle.

Washington State Historical Society will feature two free online lectures:

“A History of Hip Hop in Seattle,” 6 p.m. Thursday, February 4 on Facebook Live.

Dr. Daudi Abe will talk about the development and influence of Seattle’s hip hop and rapper culture. Participants will be able to ask Abe questions via the Facebook comments function.

“From Migration to Mark Making: George Bush, Jacob Lawrence, and the Impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Facebook live.

A panel will talk about Jacob Lawrence, one of the first nationally recognized Black artists; and George Bush, the first Black pioneer to settle in what is now Washington, and the subject of a series of paintings by Lawrence. This program is presented in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum and sponsored by KNKX.


Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Opera will present “A Night at the Opera: Celebrating Black Voices” an outdoor drive-in movie/opera experience featuring contemporary Black opera performers. This happens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle,


Reading lists from Seattle Public Library:

Race and social justice for kids in grades K-5

Social justice and activism for teens


More Black History Month resources:

It’s Black Lives Matter week of action in the schools

Jesse Hagopian: How you can help Black Lives Matter in schools



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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.