6 Books to Help Young Readers Learn About Black History - Each February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have shaped the nation. If you're struggling with the best way to educate children about Black history, this month or year-round, experts often suggest turning to literature to assist.
Always Prepared – Building the Road for Equality
- When: February 1st 2024 from 5:30-8:00pm
- Where: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
- FREE with registration. Register here: REGISTER
- In honor of Black History Month, and in partnership with the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Luther Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma, will lead a discussion acknowledging and affirming the importance of Black military men’s service to their community and to the nation. This program will explore the ways that the labor of Black military service paved the road for democracy and expanded Civil Rights for all US citizens. Light refreshments will be available.
Black History Celebration
- When: Saturday February 3, 2024 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Where: People’s Community Center
- Price/Fee: Free! No registration required
- Description: February is Black History Month and we’d like to celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development. At People’s Center, we’re celebrating every day with free offers and family activities. Learn More: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/black-history/
Supplemental resources from challenge -http://uwpc.galaxydigital.com/21-day-equity-challenge/21-day-supplemental-resources/
A crucial nexus point for the Black history movement - click here for article in NYT
The Black history that isn't taught: Historians share lesser known moments in US racial history Filmmaker Dru Holley will be screening his documentary, Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts, Sunday, Feb. 4, off base.
The screening will be at 4 p.m. at Eagle's Pride Golf Course in Dupont. Holley will conduct a Q and A after the showing.
Come out and support the screening of this historical documentary. ABC News: Black History
Tell Them We Are Rising
What: Screening of the Film, “Tell Them We Are Rising”: Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact black colleges and universities have had on American history, culture, and national identity. A haven for Black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries, and a path of promise toward the American dream. These colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years, and for the first time, their story was told. Examines the impact black colleges and universities have had on American history, culture, and national identity.
When: Wednesday, February 7th · 2:00 PM
Where: Franke Tobey Jones – Bristol Franke Tobey Jones - Bristol Building, 1st Floor Bowditch Room
5340 North Bristol Street Tacoma, WA
To attend virtually, register here: Zoom
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Register for Tickets Here
2nd Annual Black Artists Exhibition Community Reception - Tacoma Community College
FRI, 02/09/2024, 4 – 6 P.M.
Celebrating Black Film at the Grand Cinema
- When: Weekends in February
- The Grand Cinema in Tacoma will show a variety of films showcasing Black filmmakers, storytellers and performers.
- Take a look at the films and buy your tickets online: https://www.grandcinema.com/black-history-month/
- This talk explores the contradictions and possibilities embedded on Black freedom and Indigenous sovereignty, why it matters, and dreams about the potential of collective resistance.
On February 12, 1974, US District Court Judge George Boldt rendered what is considered by some to be one of the most significant court decisions issued during the twentieth century involving Native rights. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Boldt Decision, WSHS is hosting a symposium exploring the history of this ruling that served as an affirmation of Tribal fishing rights and sovereignty. Enjoy family-friendly traditional salmon stories in the morning, followed by a keynote luncheon and a panel discussion. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to view the 1854 Treaty of Medicine Creek.
A Celebration of Black History & Labor
- Sunday February 18th at 5:00pm. FREE Event
- Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402)
- ILWU Local 23, with gracious support from the Foss Waterway Seaport and the A. Philip Randolph Institute, invites you to join us for a jubilant evening as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Black laborers in Tacoma.
- A working town built that much stronger by the ingenuity and grit of our Black community members. Put on your Sunday best and come hear from distinguished guest speakers and absorb our rich history while enjoying some delicious Southern-style bites and drinks. All friends of labor are welcome and carpooling is encouraged!
Origin (2023) Movie Out Now in Local Theaters.
- The unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
- Directed by: Ava DuVernay. Inspired by the book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
- Starring: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Isabel Wilkerson, Jon Bernthal, Brett Hamilton, Niecy Nash, Marion Wilkerson, Emily Yancy, Ruby Wilkerson and Finn Wittrock.
- Black Night Market Event at Mount Tahoma High School Mount (4634 South 74th Street Tacoma, WA 98409)
- Saturday, February 24th · 12 - 6pm
- Third Black History Month Market. Located inside of the commons area of Mount Tahoma High School.
- Join us for another unique BNM experience, while we highlight BIPOC Businesses, performing artists and Black History.
- More information about the performance schedule, vendors and food trucks will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages @blacknightmarket.
- This is a FREE community event and is family friendly with free parking!
“The Life and Times of Malcom X”
- Music by: Anthony Davis. Libretto by Thulani Davis. Story by Christopher Davis
- Dates: February 24 & 25. March 1, 3, 6, & 9.
- Where: McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
- Description: Activist. Orator. Husband. Leader. One of the most misunderstood figures in US history, Malcolm X was an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Get to know the man through a series of biographical vignettes that follow Malcolm X from his interrupted childhood in Lansing, Michigan to his tragic murder in Harlem.
- With a score by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Anthony Davis (The Central Park Five) that fuses elements of modernism, minimalism, and jazz, X produces a sound world that is unmistakably individual.
- Learn more and buy Tickets here: https://www.seattleopera.org/performances-events/x-the-life-and-times-of-malcolm-x/
Helpful Links to Learn more about Black History:
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- PBS Specials Black History Specials KCTS Public TV
- KNKX local Public Radio Tacoma/Seattle
Northwest African American Museum
Honoring Local Leaders
Meet LaTasha Wortham, Deputy Director of Customer Experience and External Affairs, Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU).
Proudly hailing from the Hilltop of Tacoma, LaTasha is an accomplished public relations and government professional with over 20 years of experience in non-profit, Congressional, State, and local government. On the executive team at TPU, she oversees customer experience, customer services, communications, and government and community relations in support of TPU’s water, rail, and power utilities.
Serving the Tacoma and surrounding community is extremely important to LaTasha. As such, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Tacoma Community College, Board Chair for Tacoma Urban League, and Vice Board Chair for Tacoma Community House.
Willie Stewart is a Retired School Administrator who spent 36 years working for the Tacoma School District as a teacher and administrator and sat on the Tacoma School Board from 1999 to 2005. He remains heavily involved in local organizations and his list of volunteer work is lengthy, including serving on United Way’s Centennial Campaign Committee to commemorate our 100th birthday.
The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship celebrates and recognizes Pierce County high school seniors who have given back to their community through volunteer service. United Way of Pierce County began administering the scholarship in 2000 and we are proud to partner with Willie to continue that legacy.
Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. has served as the President of University of Puget Sound since 2016. As a first-generation college student who went on to a successful career as a clinical psychologist, tenured professor, and higher education executive, Dr. Crawford believes in the transformative power of higher education and its ability to promote human potential, economic and social mobility, and engaged citizenship. He serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Independent Colleges of Washington, a member of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, and a member of the board of directors for the American Council on Education, Northwest Conference, as well as Providence St. Joseph Health and Providence Health Plan.
Ivan L. Harrell II., Ph.D., proudly serves as the President at Tacoma Community College (TCC) and has done so since 2018. A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Dr. Harrell was a first-generation student who began his career in community colleges at Tallahassee Community College. Inspired by the diverse, intelligent, hard-working students he met at Tallahassee, Dr. Harrell dedicated his career to advancing the community college mission. As a higher education leader, he aims to support as many community college students as possible to achieve their academic and career goals.
Lawrence Garrett is considered a modern-day cultural savant. Known by many for his knack for decoding cultural behaviors that either support or undermine values and performance, Lawrence has grown a reputation for getting to the heart of the matter by identifying specific behaviors that directly impact business outcomes. Over the last 15 years, Lawrence was able to hone these skills through his current consulting practice, Eight-Twenty-Eight, LLC., focusing on Leadership and Inclusion in the greater Pierce County area, his prior role as Executive Director of Advancing Leadership, as well as his numerous partnerships and consultative work with various non-profits within the community.
His talents, temperament, and tenure as a leadership trainer, performance coach, and equity and inclusion practitioner provide a unique combination of results, relationship, and emotional quotient enhancement. Lawrence takes pride in his ability to assess, design, and shift culture for maximum impact. A colleague and friend said it best about Lawrence, “He knows how to ‘change the weather’ in any environment he’s in.”
Sebrena Chambers is the Director of the Strengthening Families/Community Health Division at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Her division includes Parent, Child, and Family Health, Behavioral Health, Treatment Services, Injury & Violence Prevention, and Healthy Eating-Active Living programs. Sebrena has been with the health department for approximately twenty-seven years. She was raised in Tacoma and has always been active in her community, serving on many community boards. She is currently the board chair of United Way of Pierce County. She fosters trust, collaboration, and inclusivity, ensuring all voices are at the table.
Victoria Woodards has called the “City of Destiny” her home for nearly her entire life. She is a proud graduate of Tacoma’s Lincoln High School and a veteran of the United States Army. As Mayor, she has been a champion of equity issues and Anti-Racist systems transformation while expanding her involvement in regional and national efforts advocating for homelessness solutions and affordable housing, public safety, support for youth and families, growing local business, and the creation of family wage jobs.
Tanisha Jumper, Tacoma School District, Chief Communication Officer
I grew up in Steilacoom WA. I’m a graduate of Wilberforce University, the first black-owned and operated HBCU established in 1856, Wilberforce Ohio. I have 20 years of experience in social services and have spent the last 9 years working in the public sector in strategy and communications. I serve on the boards of the Foundation for Tacoma Students, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, United Way of Pierce County Board Chair and Chair of their Community Impact Cabinet.
Kiara Daniels, City of Tacoma Council Member At-Large Position 6
A proud Tacoma native and resident of Central Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, At-Large Council Member Kiara Daniels is a longtime community advocate who values giving back and helping to build a stronger community. After earning a master’s degree in public administration from Evergreen State College, she dedicated her career in public service to supporting young people, increasing affordable housing, and expanding local business development. Council Member Daniels prioritizes uplifting and engaging under-represented community members, and she strives to ensure their voices are heard across city government. In 2020, she was awarded the City of Tacoma’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader Award for her commitment to service, and she describes all of her work to date as her “love letter” to Tacoma.