From short films at Northwest Film Forum to dance parties at Northwest African American Museum, there's something for everyone.

By Rosin Saez
February 13, 2017


While we’re well into Black History Month, the illuminating, educational, and straight-up inspirational events keep coming. Now more than ever, these community events—whether it’s putting injustice into perspective or it’s art as a healing medium—are more important and needed. Here are a few that standout this month…

Talks & Lectures

Wed, Feb 16
Hinge: A Conversation with the Parents of Trayvon Martin
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have penned Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was just published on February 5—what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 22nd birthday. Fulton and Martin will discuss their book and address their son’s life, struggles, untimely and tragic death, as well as touch on this movement for justice and healing that continues to grow nationwide. Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 to 9pm, $10


Wed, Feb 16
Gallery Talk: Royal Alley-Barnes on Artist Jacob Lawrence
Given the Seattle Art Museum’s latest exhibit featuring the works of renown painter, Jacob Lawrence, a conversation with Lawrence’s first graduate student is quite timely. Alley-Barnes is executive director emerita of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a city-owned facility and new non-profit in Seattle’s Historic Central District. For more than 35 years, she has been connecting communities around public sector government and the arts. Jacob Lawrence Gallery, 10am, Free

Sun, Feb 19
40th Anniversary of Black Heritage Society
The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. will honor the community collaboration for the 1987 award-winning exhibit, Northwest Black Pioneers, A Tribute that traveled to more than 100 cities and towns throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Northwest African American Museum, 2 to 4pm, Free


Thu–Sat, Feb 16–18
Step Afrika!
For three evenings, enjoy this profession dance company dedicated to stepping—the first company to do so, says the Meany Center, where rhythmic footsteps and body percussions interpret Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the painter’s 60-panel masterpiece. UW, Meany Hall, performances start at 8pm, $10 (students), $45–$50

Fri, Feb 24
Funky Congregation: ’90s Edition
Oh yes, a dance party in the name of love and understanding, and ‘90s jams too of course, provided by Chcolate Chuck, Reverend Dollars, and DJ SassyBlack. Northwest AFrican American Museum, 8pm, $15, $20 at the door


Thu, Feb 23
UNCODE Screening at Northwest Film Forum
Watch a screening of this year’s UNCODE, a collection of short, documentary-style films that honor Black history, present and future, through stories related to art, tech, food, health, and travel—all told through black artists, filmmakers, and storytellers. Northwest Film Forum, 7 to 9pm, $8


Sat, Feb 25
POC Boutique: Black History Month Edition
Featuring vendors/people of color in this retail popup, this month is especially dedicated to black identifying artists and craftmakers. The Hillman City Collaboratory, 4 to 8pm, Free to attend