Honoring Black History Month in Seattle

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 02/06/2019

In and around Seattle, there are many ways you can honor Black History Month

Photo of Chamber member Northwest African American Museum 

February marks 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 such as IntentionalistSupport 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

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

• Celebrate Black History Month with Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan

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

The Links, Incorporated

• 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:

12 inspiring books to read in honor of Black History Month

27 Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month

• Books for kids:

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