Black History Month

Background

Black History Month originated in 1926, when famed activist, writer and preeminent historian Carter G. Woodson influenced the American Historical Society to designate the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” Black History Month is now celebrated every February in recognition of the immense contributions of Black/African Americans. 

Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to our continued journey towards a better society, and to understanding ourselves and to growing stronger as a community. 

Proclamation

At the Feb. 6 City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Lou Pauly will issue a proclamation that February is Black History Month in the City of Issaquah.

Events

To honor Black History Month, join the City of Issaquah at the Issaquah Depot Museum on Feb. 10 for a screening of the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale (2015) directed by Nelson George. Following the documentary, participate in a community conversation on representation of Black/African American men and women in various fields, especially corporate settings and government. Tickets are free but due to the limited number of seats, registration is required. Rated G.

Educational Resources

  • The King County Library System has curated a list of books celebrate African American history, culture and explore contemporary issues.
  • The Northwest African American Museum's exhibitions and programs feature the visual arts, music, crafts, literature and history of African Americans in the Northwest.
  • BlackHistoryMonth.gov highlights a series of federally funded virtual discussions, book talks and other online events as well as resources to learn more about Black History Month.
  • The Library of Congress website contains numerous exhibits, books and programs related to Black History Month.
  • African Americans Reach & Teach Health Ministry (AARTH) provides training and capacity-building for faith, community-based organizations and medical institutions serving people of African descent.
  • Professional Women of Color Network is a business resource for all professional women of color in the Pacific Northwest to collaborate and empower.
  • Seattle Black MBA is a network for African American professionals creating economic and intellectual growth for African American communities.
  • Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle works in education, employment, health and housing with disenfranchised African American community.

Past Events