Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a time for us to celebrate culture, reflect on the past, and unite together. We've curated a list of events in our HomeZones where you can enjoy festivities and honor trailblazers who paved the way.
SF Bay Area
African American Culinary Traditions
Wednesday, February 6 at 6 p.m.
Berkeley Public Library North Branch, 1107 The Alameda, Berkeley
Join Chef Dontaye Ball and food content creator Kahja Elliott for an exciting cooking demonstration. The chef will showcase his famed chicken and sausage gumbo, plus share the dish’s history in African America culture.
Black History Month Dance Party
Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
The Commons, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
Celebrate Black History Month by dancing through different eras. Dancer culture-maker Traci Bartlow will guide attendees through a short history of social dance, from Lindy Hop to hip-hop.
The Black Child Book Fair: From Chicago to the Bay
Saturday, February 17 from 10:30 to 5 p.m.
African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street, Oakland
Have the little ones enjoy a learning adventure rooted in the Black experience and written for children. You’ll be able to meet BCBF founder Darryl Harvey and several African American authors at the family-friendly event.
An Evening with Tariq Trotter (aka Black Thought)
Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
One of the most powerful artists of this generation, Tariq Trotter (aka Black Thought of The Roots) will discuss stories from his memoir The Upcycled Self and more in conversation with Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker.
7th Annual Black Joy Parade
Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Begins on 14th and Franklin in downtown Oakland.
A celebration of Black culture and community featuring more than 200 Black-owned vendors, two stages of performances, activities for the whole family and the largest Black Joy Parade procession in the country.
Call to Conscience Black History Month Museum
Tuesday through Sunday throughout February from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
4916 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
Rainer Avenue Radio is converting the historic Columbia City Theater into a museum to celebrate Black History Month. The pop-up museum will recognize Black excellence in the PNW through a tour of exhibits and installations.
An Evening with Dr. Tina Campt
Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The Wyncote NW Forum, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle
Hear from Dr. Tina Campt, a black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art. A founding researcher in Black European Studies, her work theorizes gender, racial, and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, and much more.
The Soul of Seattle
Saturday, February 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bloc 41, 115 Bell Street, Seattle
Enjoy delicious bites that will shed light on the diverse food and Black-owned businesses within Seattle, while raising funds to support the vendors and local non-profits that support youth of color.
Confronting Hate Together: The Power of Community
Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MOHAI, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle
Representatives from the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, the Wing Luke Museum, and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society will discuss their collaboration, followed by poster making led by Vivid Matter Collective artists.
X: The Life & Times of Malcolm X
Saturday, February 24 through Friday, March 9 at varied times
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle
Get to know more about an icon of the civil rights movement in this riveting performance. Set to a score by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Anthony Davis, the opera fuses elements of modernism, minimalism, and jazz.
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