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Hobbs Waters, 14, describes himself as a "movement maker."

Celebrate ‘Freedom Weekend’ in Seattle with NW African American Museum

Both virtual and in-person community events Aug. 27-29 celebrate Black history.

Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum has a series of events planned this weekend on the theme “Freedom Weekend.”

August 28 was the date of both the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

NAAM will emphasize Black history and hopes to engage the community.

Freedom Weekend events:

  • Knowledge is Power Books Giveaway at the JazzED Community Block Party, 5-7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 27), at the future home of JazzED from 5pm-7pm at 2101
    22nd Ave S, Seattle. This is a family event that will feature music and food; and free, new African American children’s books will be given away.
  • Knowledge is Power Books Giveaway at Clean Greens Farm and Market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 28), in the parking lot of 116 21st Avenue, Seattle. Free produce also will be given out.
  • Rally for Voters’ Rights, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.
  • An Afternoon with the Great-Grandson of W.E.B. DuBois, virtual event, 3 p.m. Sunday, August 29. Arthur McFarlane and regional NAACP leaders will discuss how his great-grandfather’s legacy has inspired generations of Black activists. In addition, Hobbs Waters, 14, of Portland (pictured above), will perform a dance interpretation to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This presentation will take place on NAAM’s YouTube Channel; RSVP here.

More details on NAAM, plus current and upcoming events can be found on the organization’s website.

Its mission is to celebrate and uplift Black voices always (not just during events such as Freedom Weekend), and to spread knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all.

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Julie Hanson

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