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Black History Month


Black History Month

February is Black History Month or National African American History Month. This annual celebration recognizes the struggles, contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.

In February 1926, Carter G. Woodson created a Black History Week in Washington, D.C., to make sure that school children would be exposed to black history. The event was celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

In the following decades, mayors of cities began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing the week-long celebration, which evolved to Black History Month in the 1960s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford proclaimed Black History Month a national observance.

Click here to submit your favorite way to honor Black History Month. We may feature your submission in the next issue of The Voice.

Below is a list of events and exhibitions in honor of Black History Month.

Watch ‘Black Panther’ for free

The award-winning movie 'Black Panther' is airing for free in select AMC Theatres to celebrate Black History Month. See a list of participating locations here.

Date: February 1-7

Location: Various AMC Theatres

Cost: Free, tickets are based upon availability

Black Lives Matter at School Week 

The Seattle Education Association and many Seattle Public Schools educators will promote racial equity and positive outcomes for all students by participating in a national Black Lives Matter at School Week. For more information, click here

Date: February 4-8 

Location: Various Seattle Public Schools 

Ralina L. Joseph reads and discusses 'Postracial Resistance'

Race and media scholar Ralina L. Joseph reads from "Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity," an examination of the media landscape and its impact on African-American women.

Date: February 12, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave

Cost: Free

Be social. Be active: Social Activism in Black History

The African American Writers' Alliance is hosting an event to celebrate Black History Month. Learn more about black history through poets and spoken word performers. 

Date: February 10, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Columbia Branch Library, 4721 Rainier Avenue South 

Cost: Free, click here to reigster 

Black History Month Speaker Series 

Throughout the month of February, Seattle Pacific University will be hosting a Black History Month speaker series. Connect with local black business owners and hear their stories about their journey of success. For more information, click here.

Date: February 12, 19 and 26 

Location: Seattle Pacific University, Weter 202, 3307 3rd Ave West

Cost: Free