Black History Month

A month of programming celebrating the many achievements made by African Americans.

  1. Led by Shakiah Danielson, youth from Northwest Tap Connection engaged in a captivating choreographed performance in tribute to the transformative power of dance in urban communities.

    Pictured: Northwest Tap Connection perform in Sky Church (2016)

    Photo by Nat Seymour.

  2. MoPOP kicked off Black History Month 2015 with programs exploring the lives and legacies of African Americans and the African-American experience at Through the Eyes of Art, an event featuring hip-hop performances by Talib Kweli and Draze, and a display of work from regional artists and photographers in “The Value of Black Life” art showcase.

    Pictured: Talib Kweli performs at Through the Eyes of Art (2015).

    Photo by Marcela Pulido.

  3. MoPOP's Black Collaboration: A Night of Music, Video, and Conversation featured an evening of uplifting conversation about the power of creative partnerships between Africans and African Americans in Seattle, and included a lively panel discussion plus two music video debuts from Seattle-based African American videographers Atuanya Prister and Anthony Tackett.

    Pictured: Black Collaboration panelists (L-R) Yonnas Getahun, Hamda Yusuf, Yirim Seck, Owuor Arunga, and Jace (2015).

    Photo by Nat Seymour.

  4. MoPOP's tribute to prolific writer and Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame member Octavia Butler included a special performance by Gabriel Teodros and Felicia Loud, as well as an interactive reading presented by Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown, co-editors of Octavia’s Brood—an anthology of science fiction inspired by social justice movements.

    Pictured: DJ Sassy Black (aka Cat of THEESatisfaction) at An Evening with Octavia's Brood (2014).

    Photo by Allyce Andrew.

Commemorate the many successes and advancements of accomplished African Americans throughout the month of February, including performances from Draze and Northwest Tap Connection, a screening of Purple Rain, and more.

Campout Cinema: Purple Rain

Friday, February 19, 2016

As part of Black History Month, MoPOP's Campout Cinema presents Prince's first starring film with Purple Rain (1984). The event will also feature specially curated music videos of artists inspired by Prince. Tickets include admission to Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume, where you can explore the evolution of the guitar through the lives and accomplishments of other musical innovators.

8:00pm (doors 7:00pm); Sky Church at MoPOP
$12 ($10 MoPOP members). 21+.


When Doves Sing: '80s Karaoke Night

Friday, February 19, 2016

Let loose at this super fun night hosted by Baby Ketten karaoke, taking place right after Campout Cinema: Purple Rain! With a curated song list featuring all the greatest hits from the '80s including Prince; artists from the Prince stratopsphere (The Time, Sheila E, Apollonia 6, etc.) with an emphasis on R&B/pop/dance/funk/sexy party songs; and a smattering of late '70s and early '90s for good measure.

10:30pm–1:00am; The Lounge at MoPOP
$5. 21+.

Through the Eyes of Art

Friday, February 26, 2016

Presented by MoPOP and Brandkings, Through the Eyes of Art is the city’s premier Black History Month celebration. Now in its third year, the event will take an artistic look at the topic of Black Love featuring live performances from Draze and others, presentation of the Servant of the People Award honoring gospel singer Pat Wright and Gregg Alex (Matt Talbot Center), and an art show from some of Seattle's top painters and photographers.

7:00pm–11:00pm; Sky Church at MoPOP
$15 ($10 MoPOP members). All ages.

Northwest Tap Connection

Friday, February 12, 2016

Enjoy an evening of captivating choreographed dance from Northwest Tap Connection youth performers in this special performance, and partake in a discussion about the transformative power of dance in urban communities.

7:00pm–9:00pm; Sky Church at MoPOP
$10 ($8 MoPOP members). All ages.

MoPOP would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of Black History Month:

Community partners: