Honoring Black History Month in Seattle

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 02/06/2020

Check out our list for ideas about where to shop, what to read, events to attend, and more

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Photo of Chamber member Northwest African American Museum 

February is Black History Month, first started by Carter G. Woodson, a founder of the Association for the Study of African American History, the Associated Press reports.

Woodson worried that black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools in the early 1900s.

“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” Woodson said.

In and around Seattle, there are many ways you can honor Black History Month. Here are some suggestions:

Support Black-owned businesses

• Search for local Black-owned businesses on directories like Intentionalist. (Plus check out their In-TEN-tionalist Guide to Black History Month and their Ready. Set. Spend Like It Matters campaign where you get rewarded for showing up for Black-owned small businesses throughout Black History Month.) Other directories include Support Black Owned and Black Owned Business Network

• There are also apps to help you find Black-owned businesses: Official Black Wall Street and Buy Black App

Attend Black History Month events in our area 

• Chamber member Northwest African American Museum has a great list of events for Black History Month

• The Stranger has a great list of local events you can attend as well

Get to know local Black leaders on our podcast, Under Construction

• Adriane Brown: “If you can’t work through people, you can’t get your job done”

• Solynn McCurdy: "When you have power, you have the ability to change the rules"

• Former Seattle Mayor Norman Rice: “I think people were waiting for a voice that wasn’t being heard”

• Shaunta Hyde: “Finding little ways every single day to give back should be part of your core ethos”

• Amelia Ransom: “Know where you stand. Know where you are.”

• “If an economy is going to work, it has to work for everyone”: Under Construction series finale, with Jenna Hanchard interviewing Marilyn Strickland

Support Black-owned media in our region

The Seattle Medium 

South Seattle Emerald

Learn about Black history in our region

• Visit Chamber member Northwest African American Museum 

• Learn about African American heritage in Washington

Support Black nonprofits
• Local organizations include:

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Sundiata African American Cultural Association

Black Heritage Society of Washington State

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Horn of Africa Services 

• National organizations include:

Black Girls Code

Black Lives Matter

Seattle King County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Trans Women of Color Collective

Celebrate Black literature and media

• Books for adults:

9 Books To Read For Black History Month 2020, As Chosen By Goodreads Users

15 inspiring books to read in honor of Black History Month

27 Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month

• Books for kids:

8 Stellar Picture Books for Black History Month 2020

21 African-American History Books to Read with Your Kids

28 great Black History Month books for kids

100 Best Children’s Books for African American History Month

• Movies:

10 Must Watch Black History Documentaries

28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month