As Black History Month in Washington unfolds, the following events, celebrations and exhibitions offer valuable opportunities for individuals and communities to come together, celebrate diversity and deepen their understanding of Black history and culture.
“Who Taught the Blues to Rock & Roll? Bo Diddley” at MoPOP
Explore the Black community’s influence on music with MoPOP’s (Museum of Pop Culture) newest exhibit highlighting Bo Diddley, a legendary guitarist. This dispersed gallery was crafted to honor Black History Month in Washington and features a collection of vintage posters, a custom Gretsch electric guitar played by Diddley, an oral history and more behind the Black artist who inspired The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Clash, Elvis Presley and more as he birthed rock and roll. The exhibit will be available during February and is included in general admission to the museum. For more information, visit mopop.org.
Hilltop Healthy Kids and Family Carnival
Metro Parks Tacoma invites the community to join its Black History Month celebration, Hilltop Healthy Kids and Family Carnival. This special event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at People’s Center. This is the 14th year the carnival has taken place to honor the special month and will feature an assortment of live music, workshops, dancing, performances, community booths and more. This family-friendly event fosters understanding and appreciation for African American history and culture. Free admission. For more information, visit metroparkstacoma.org.
2024 Call to Conscience Black History Month Museum
Rainier Avenue Radio and Columbia City Theater have joined forces to transform the Seattle theater into a museum for the entire month of February to celebrate Black History Month in Washington. This exhibit will be open now until Feb. 28, Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum features displays and installations by the Seattle Black Panther Party, Black Heritage Society of Washington, Rainier Cinema Black Movie Posters, The Black Prisoners Caucus and more. General admission is $25 per person. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Black Artists Exhibition at Tacoma Community College
Head to the Black Artists Exhibition at Tacoma Community College to witness the creativity and talent of 20 Black artists in the Seattle area. This free exhibition showcases a diverse range of artistic expressions, providing a platform for local artists to share their stories and perspectives. This gallery is open now until Feb. 29, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit tacomacc.edu.
Black-Owned Business Vendor Market
The Outlet Collection Seattle hosts a special market featuring Black-owned businesses to celebrate Black History Month in Washington. On Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, attendees can support local entrepreneurs and discover a variety of products and services while celebrating the economic contributions of the Black community. These vendors include artists, small businesses and educational resources. Admission to the vendor market is free. For more information, visit outletcollectionseattle.com.
Black History Month Film Series at The Grand Cinema
Throughout February, The Grand Cinema in Tacoma presents a curated film series that explores the rich history and narratives of the Black experience. From documentaries to impactful dramas, this film series provides an opportunity for cinematic reflection and celebration. Upcoming showings include Poetic Justice (Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.), Shaft (Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) and Kokomo City (Feb. 20). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military. For more information, visit grandcinema.com.
The Seattle Opera Presents “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”
The Seattle Opera presents a powerful production, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month in Washington. Through music and storytelling, this opera delves into the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X, offering a unique and compelling cultural experience from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25 and select dates from March 1 to March 9 at McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit seattleopera.org.