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 African Americans throughout the month of February, including a speech by CNN correspondent Angela Rye; performances by Owuor Arunga, Josephine Howell, and Northwest Tap Connection; a 25th anniversary screening of Juice; and more.


Through the Eyes of Art

Friday, February 3

Presented by MoPOP and Brandkings, the city’s premier Black History Month celebration will look at the topic of building a strong black economy. Featuring a speech by CNN correspondent and Seattle native Angela Rye, live performances from Owuor Arunga and Josephine Howell, and a special reunion show by Seattle hip-hop group Ghetto Chilldren. The Servant of the People Award will be presented to Ezell’s Famous Chicken co-founders Lewis Rudd, Darnell Rudd, and Faye Stephens. The evening will be hosted by Isiah Anderson.

8:00pm–11:00pm; Sky Church at MoPOP
$15 ($12 MoPOP members); all ages

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Northwest Tap Connection

Sunday, February 18

Experience an evening of captivating dance routines featuring the creative vision of choreographer Shakiah Danielson, a mini film screening, and a discussion on the healing power of dance in the face of trauma within urban communities.

7:30pm–9:00pm; Sky Church at MoPOP
$10 ($8 MoPOP members); all ages

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Campout Cinema: Juice

Thursday, February 23

MoPOP’s Campout Cinema presents a 25th anniversary screening of the film Juice (1992), featuring Tupac Shakur in his first starring role.

8:00pm (doors 7:00pm); Sky Church at MoPOP
$14 ($11 MoPOP members); 21+

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

Community partners: