A woman in a blue and white coat and white patnts stands on stage in front of a crowd with the Seattle skyline behind her.

Fashion show during Hip Hop 50th Anniversary at Pier 62. Photo by Bernahu Wells.

Black History Month

Black History is not to be celebrated just this month, but every day, and is an integral part of our shared history. This year’s Black History Month theme celebrates Black art and artists. From commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop to partnering with Wa Na Wari’s Black Spatial Histories Institute to spotlight personal stories of Black longshore workers on the Waterfront, we here at Friends are dedicated to uplifting, centering, and honoring Black History.

Explore the links below to learn about a variety of community and neighborhood events across the city that embrace and celebrate Black culture through the arts. Attend an event near you and take the opportunity to learn, reflect, and appreciate the significant contributions and experiences of Black individuals on our waterfront, in our city, and beyond. Together, let’s continue to celebrate and elevate Black history, contributions. and stories.

LIBERATION: LANGSTON Black History Month Events

This February, LANGSTON is centering programming on the theme of LIBERATION. Events include:

  • Healing African Drum Class
    • Mondays | Seniors @ 2:00pm | Youth @ 4pm | Adults @ 5:30pm
  • SINCE I BEEN DOWN Film Screening
    • February 24 @ 2pm-6pm
  • Ijeoma Oluo: Be A Revolution – conversation & Q&A with the author on her new book.
    • February 27 @ 6pm-7:30pm
A young Black girl stares at an art piece of an abstract black person with a yellow crown.

Photo by Michael B Maine courtesy ARTE NOIR All Rights Reserved.

BE Great Weekend with DSA, ARTE NOIR, and WOW Gallery

Friday, Feb. 16 @ 4-7 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 17 @ Noon-3 p.m.
Occidental Park

Celebrate Black Excellence at BE Great! In honor of Black History Month, this free two-day event brings together Black culture, arts, music, food and more. Enjoy performances from local musicians, shop the pop-up night market and immerse yourself in Black creativity and community. All are welcome at this soulful celebration.


More Black History Month events and activities

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