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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also celebrate Black History Month. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

Black History Month started in 1926 as Black History Week, founded by Carter G. Woodson. He dedicated the second week of February to celebrate Black History. He chose the second week because it encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who were symbols of freedom. This week provided a special time for Black people to unite and celebrate their racial pride. It was also a time to assess white America’s commitment to its claimed ideals of freedom.

The Black History Month 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” It explores the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, as well as other ways of knowing. This month’s theme is dedicated to recognizing Black birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, and more, throughout the African Diaspora.

Black History Month Events in the Northwest

  • SU Black Law Student Association Black History Month Mixer
    • Tuesday Feb. 15th 4:00 – 5:30 PM
    • Seattle University 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA
  • Northwest Naturals Expo
    • Friday Feb. 18th 7 PM – Sunday Feb. 20th 5 PM
    • Renton Pavilion Events Center, 233 Burnett Ave S, Renton, WA
  • The Black and Tan Collection
    • Saturday Feb. 19th 6 PM – Sunday Feb. 20th 1 AM
    • Naval Reserve Armory, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA
  • Circle the Block: A 5K Celebrating Black Health
    • Saturday Feb. 19th 10 AM – 12 PM
    • Rainier Beach High School, 8815 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA
  • Black History Month Film – Selma
    • Thursday, Feb. 20th 3 – 6 PM
    • WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium
  • Seattle FGI Celebrates Black History Month
    • Tuesday, Feb. 22nd 6 – 9 PM
    • Women’s University Club 1105 6th Ave #301, Seattle, WA
  • “Home: Imagining the Irrevocable”, an exhibit featuring the works of local black artists in eastern WA
    • Friday Feb. 4th – Saturday Feb. 26th 4 7 PM
    • Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center, 125 S. Stevens St, Spokane WA 99201
  • Celebrating Our Community: Experiencing Black Puyallup
    • Friday Feb. 25th 6 PM – Saturday 26th 4 PM
    • Puyallup Nazarene Church, 1026 7th Ave SW Puyallup, WA
  • Dear Sista, I See You. Healing Art Exhibition
    • Wednesday Mar. 23rd 5 AM – 12 PM
    • WOW Gallery Experience 600 Pine St 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA