Black History Month




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: 

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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 Historybh










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: 
  • 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.

Always Prepared - Building the Road for Equality - Washington State Historical Society

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.



Third Annual Black History Month Market by the Black 

  • 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:

Helpful Links to Learn more about Black History: 



Northwest African American Museum


Honoring Local Leaders