Black History Month Celebrations in Seattle

NOW through March 21:
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM: Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts is an exhibition that highlights the many accomplishments of African Americans and other minorities who dared to overcome social norms and prejudices to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of world class dancers.

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit “Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, ” the epic series that chronicles in words and pictures the exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in the decades after the First World War, is on display through April 23.

Oscar® nominee for Best Documentary.
Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – “Remember This House,” a radical narration about race in America, through the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. using only the writer’s original words.

FEB 18
Northwest Tap Connection
Northwest Tap Connection youth performers headline at this dance event at MOPOP in honor of Black History Month, also featuring poetry from Lashaunycee O’Cain and a discussion with Melba Ayco (Artistic Director, Northwest Tap Connection) and Donald Byrd (Artistic Director, Spectrum Dance Theater). 7;30-9:00p

FEB 21
MOHAIImmigrant Life in Uncertain Times Enrique Cerna moderates an important community conversation about the challenges and concerns in our immigrant communities

Alki Arts’ 6th Annual Exhibit Honoring Black History Month
For the sixth year, Alki Arts presents their annual exhibit celebrating Black History Month. For the first time they’re expanding their scope to include national artists, while also continuing to feature local contributors. at Pacific Place.

Feb. 9 – April 21:
Shoreline City Hall celebrates Black History Month with “Aftermash,” an art display in a variety of mediums exploring the black experience, opening with a special reception at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 9, then on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through April 21 at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline; free.

FEB. 16-18:
Step Afrika! evening of dance, body percussion and spoken word combined with projections of Jacob Lawrence’s “The Migration Series” 60-panel artwork that chronicles the exodus of African-Americans from the rural South. Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington, Seattle; $45-$50, 206-543-4880.

RAMBUNCTIOUS: A Festival of Music and Dance…Spectrum Dance.
Rambunctious Iteration #3 – The Immigrants marks the return of the popular Rambunctious Series, this time focused on American classical composers who are American but not native born. This production will focus on immigrants coming from Mexico, the Middle East, Cuba, and China, places that America has sometimes been at odds with or that are part of the current debate on immigration. Choreography by Artistic Director Donald Byrd and music by live guest artists. This years festival happens the first week of March.

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