Black History Month

For Black History Month 2021, PNA, University Heights Center, Abbey Arts, Scarecrow Video, and University Family YMCA are joining together to honor and celebrate the history, impact, and achievements of the Black community. This page is a resource to highlight local Black-owned businesses, artists, celebrations, opportunities for education, and more.

If you have an idea for a business or event that you would like to see here, please email [email protected].

Events

Mon, 2/1, 5:30-6:30 pm: Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya @ University Heights Center. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of different Black poets. In this session, a poem by Nate Marshall, a poet from Chicago. RSVP here.

Thu, 2/4, 10 -11 am: Thursdays at 10 – 1st Thursday Book Group @ University Heights Center. In honor of Black History Month, this month we will be talking about books written by African American authors. Click here to RSVP and to see a list of books that our group members have found powerful and moving.

Mon, 2/8, 5:30-6:30 pm: Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya @ University Heights Center. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, a Black woman poet from Chicago. RSVP here.

Wed, 2/10, 7 -9 pm: Virtual movie screening with Scarecrow Video. Films by African American directors. Tonight-an almost completely unheard-of autobiographical martial arts film about a Black kickboxer!  Get details & Register

Thu, 2/11, 10 – 11 am:  Thursdays at 10 – 2nd Thursday Discussion Group @ University Heights Center.  Topic: Freedom Summer w/ guest speaker Dennis Flannigan. RSVP here.

Sat, 2/13, 4 – 5 pm: Storytelling with Kibibi Monie  Join us for an online storytelling adventure with Kibibi Monie, the resident storyteller for the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Village, and director of the Nu Black Arts Theater! Free to attend. RSVP here.

Mon, 2/15, 5:30-6:30 pm: Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya @ University Heights Center. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Danez Smith, a poet from Minnesota. RSVP here.

Wed, 2/17, 7 – 9 pm: Virtual movie screening with Scarecrow Video. Films by African American directors. Stay tuned for more details!

Thu, 2/18, 10 -11 am:  Thursdays at 10 – 3rd Thursday Memoir Group @ University Heights Center. Our beloved board member and founder of the Thursdays at 10 program, Joan Horn, is a retired educator who attended two Civil Rights Workshops in 2004, one in Alabama and the other in Mississippi, where she visited many landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. Joan will share a story she has written about her experiences on these trips. RSVP here.

Mon, 2/22, 5:30-6:30 pm: Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya @ University Heights Center. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist & cultural critic from Ohio. RSVP here.

Tues, 2/23, 4 – 5 pm: TIPS for Teens @ University Heights Center. Want to connect with other teens & learn something new each week? Join Anika on Tuesdays at 4! As part of our Black History Month celebration, we are excited to welcome guest speaker Samuel Williams, a local educator. RSVP here.

Thu, 2/25, 10 – 11 am:  Thursdays at 10 – 4th Thursday Stitchery Group @ University Heights Center. For Black History Month, the group will be looking at and talking about the quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend. RSVP here.

Fri, 2/26, 7 pm: Abbey Arts presents The Round 189: Music, Poetry, Live Painting. Stay tuned for more details, or visit Fremont Abbey to purchase tickets or make a donation.

 

Around town: From book discussions to celebrations of food, music, and more – check out this wonderful list of events honoring Black History Month

Soul of Seattle: The Soul of Seattle 2021 is a series of virtual fundraising events throughout the month of February to benefit local Black chefs and organizations that empower youth of color in Seattle. Presented by Chef Edouardo Jordan in partnership with Northwest Harvest.

 

Other resources

NAAM Storytime: Storytime at NAAM (Northwest African American Museum)

History of Segregation in Seattle: From UW, an overview of the history of segregation in Seattle. Included are maps, photos, documents, and newspaper articles that follow the history of segregation in Seattle and King County from 1920 until today.

Historymakers Oral Histories: Oral histories from The Historymakers; the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection.

NPR: Celebrating Black History Month At The Tiny Desk

28 Days of Black History: A virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the U.S, delivered each evening in February via email.

 

Support local Black-owned businesses

Visit Intentionalist and Seattle Good for their directories of local businesses to support. If you are a business owner, check out the resources for business owners!

Click here to see a list of area Black-owned businesses put together by our partners at UHeights. Know of a business we should include? Please let us know.

 

NonProfits

If you would like to make a financial contribution or volunteer time to support NonProfits that are Black-led and working to combat racism, lift up black voices, and advance equity, check out this list of organizations to support.

 

UHeights

Abby Arts presents

Scarecrow Video