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Black History Month events and resources for Seattle families

Exhibits and happenings around Seattle, virtual events, and ways to learn more

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.

Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)

Black History Month Keynote Program

NAAM will hold an in-person riveting conversation with Dr. Doretha Williams and her family team from the Smithsonian Museum. She will discuss Black family history and genealogy. February 15. Be inspired, informed, and ignited for action.

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

The Black and Tan Collection at MOHAI

The Black and Tan Club on 12th and Jackson hosted musical acts and local bands for patrons of all races as one of the first interracial establishments in Seattle. To honor the influential history of Seattle’s early Black jazz scene, you can view Bonnie Hopper’s oil paintings of the renowned musicians who played at the nightclub. The Collection opens at MOHAI on February 19-21 and is free with museum admission.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

MoPOP Bo Diddley Black History Month Display

For Black History Month 2024, the MoPOP museum will be celebrating the extraordinary American musical Icon, Bo Diddley. Bo Diddley was recognized as a core influence on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Clash, Elvis Presley, and many more, as well as a key driver of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Check out Bo Diddley’s collection throughout January and February.

National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)

The NMAAHC  is a Smithsonian Museum located in Washington D.C. However, they are offering some virtual kids’ programs via Zoom to celebrate Black History Month for the entire month of February. Here are two of them that will be happening in February.

NMAAHC Kids Learning Together: Meet a Beekeeper

Kids can hop on this Zoom webinar program and learn about the planet from Black nature lovers and explorers. They will meet Timothy Jackson and Nicole Lindsey, founders of Detroit Hives, and learn about beekeeping and bee science. Register in advance for this event that will happen on February 2, at 11 am -12 pm. Best for ages 6 & up.

NMAAHC Kids Learning Together: Meet a Diver

This is a free and virtual event for kids six years and older to meet diver Dr. Nevada Winrow, founder of Black Girls Dive on Feb 9, from 11 am – 12 pm. They will be taught about exploring and caring for our oceans through diving. She will also answer audience questions live

More events around the Seattle area

Advancing Racial Equity Series: Revisiting Dr King’s Lost Speech

Celebrate Black History Month with United Way of King County on Feb 13 from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the Rainier Arts Center. This evening, you will discuss excerpts from one of Dr King’s speeches and also enjoy music performances by The Rhapsody Project, celebrating music and heritage through an anti-racist lens.

Black History Month Tours at the Governor’s Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is presenting Black History Month Tours at the Mansion on Wednesdays, February 7 and 14, 2024, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. The 45-minute tours are free, open to the public, and will include information about the Mansion and feature biographical information about notable Black Washingtonians.

Black History Month Soirée 2024

Head over to Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for a night of music, art and a pop-up shop supporting Black-owned businesses. Feb. 17, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Good for all ages. Register in advance.

Call to Conscience Black History Month Museum

This February, Rainier Avenue Radio will be converting the entire Columbia City Theater into the “Call to Conscience Black History Month Museum.” The museum will celebrate the achievements and the achievers of the Pacific Northwest while recognizing the Black excellence that shines in the region today. It will feature exhibits and installations by organizations like the Black Heritage Society of Washington, Tacoma’s Buffalo Soldier Museum and BlackPast.org. The museum runs Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. -7 p.m., and advance registration is encouraged.

Pancakes and Movie at Wa Na Wari 

Bring the whole family to Wa Na Wari for Saturday morning pancakes and a screen of Bebe’s Kids! This event will be on February 10, from 11 am to 12 pm.

More events South of Seattle

Black History Celebration at Peoples Community Center

Bring the kids and family to the People’s Community Center in Tacoma to celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans. There will be tons of free activities, including a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, music, family swim, guest speakers, and more on Feb 3, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Hilltop Healthy Kids and Family Carnival in Tacoma

Join the 14th annual Hilltop Healthy Kids and Family Carnival at Peoples Community Center in Tacoma featuring music and tons of fun and free services for kids and families to celebrate Black History Month on Feb 17, 12 pm – 4 pm.

More Black History Month resources:

Black History Month by National Geographic Kids

Black History Month resources from Library of Congress and other agencies

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

Support Black-owned businesses

 

Reading lists:

Four kid-friendly books for Black History Month

Race and social justice for kids in grades K-5

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