By: Katy Wong – Ethnic Seattle

February 4, 2016

February has been chosen to be the month to celebrate African American history for more than 40 years. This special month remembers and recognizes the history and achievements made by African Americans in the United States. Seattle take pride of their African American community and celebrates Black History Month with various events and programs. See the list below of various Black History Month events around the Seattle area.

EMP Museum at Seattle Center

The Experience Music Project (EMP) will celebrate Black History Month with a month-long of programming focusing on achievements made by African Americans. Start off with a dance performance by Northwest Tap Connection youth performers, the museum will also feature the 1984 film “Purple Rain” at their Campout Cinema. Don’t miss their ‘80s Karaoke Night and other exciting live performances.


Northwest Tap Connection
Date: Friday, February 12th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Sky Church at EMP Museum
Price: $10 ($8 EMP members). All ages.

Campout Cinema: Purple Rain
Date: Friday, February 19th at 8 p.m.
Location: Sky Church at EMP Museum
Price: $12 ($10 EMP members). 21+

When Doves Sing: ‘80s Karaoke Night’
Date: Friday, February 19th from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Location: The Lounge at EMP Museum
Price: $5. 21+

Through the Eyes of Art
Date: Friday, February 26th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Sky Church at EMP Museum
Price: $15 ($10 EMP members). All ages.

Address: EMP Museum. 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Northwest African American Museum

Besides their ongoing exhibitions that feature the African American community in the PNW, the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) will also bring together events that explore deeper into the history and culture of the African American community. Featuring movie screening and speakers from the community. All events are free.

Funky Congregation
Date: February 4th at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Black Quarterly- Gentrification
Date: Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
February topic: Changing Neighborhoods, Displacement, Personal & Cultural Ownership of Community.

Complex Exchange – Tradition & Innovation
Date: Wednesday, February 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Genealogy Speaker Series: Janice C. Lovelace
Date: Thursday, February 25th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Museum Hours and Admission:
Wednesday, Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Admission: Adults $7; Students & Seniors $5; Children under 5 FREE

Address: Northwest African American Museum. 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144

The Museum of Flight – Female Astronaut Stephanie Wilson

Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program will feature former space shuttle astronaut Stephanie Wilson. She is the second female African American astronaut to work in space.

Date: Saturday, February 6th from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Included with admission. Adults $20; Seniors and active military $17; Ages 5 to 17 $12; Ages 4 and younger FREE
Address: The Museum of Flight. 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle 98108