City of Renton, WA

01/29/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/29/2023 08:14

Black History Month

Below is a list of Black History Month events, exhibits, and activities scheduled in and around Renton. If we've missed your event, please send the information to [email protected]

Virtual Tour of Renton's African American Historical Sites

Lifelong Renton residents John Huston and Benita R. Horn use interactive dialogue to take you on a virtual tour of the remarkable history of Renton's African American residents and their contributions to the community. Discover the center of their community, the effects of development, local dignitaries and more.

Videotaped at Renton History Museum on Feb. 7, 2020, as part of the city's celebration of Black History Month.

Celebrating Black Excellence

"Celebrating Black Excellence" is a virtual celebration in partnership with the Renton African American Pastoral Group (RAAP), SKY Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center and Renton PD. Videotaped in February 2021.

"Living the Dream"

The city celebrates Black History Month in February 2019.

Realizing the Dream: Justice for All

Black History Month Celebrations

A compilation of the highlights of celebrations of Black History Month in Renton over the years.

Museum of History and Industry

Feb. 4 to April 30 - From the Ground Up: Black Architects and Designers. Explore past, present, and future architectural talent while learning about Black pioneers in the field.

Feb. 11 - Building with Purpose: Black Architects and Community Agency. Black architects bring their sense of community connectedness to current and future design within the Puget Sound region. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Feb. 15 - History Café: Paying Tribute to Seattle's Black Landmarks and their Namesakes. Join historian Mary Henry to discuss her new book, Tributes: Black People Whose Names Grace Seattle Sites, and learn about the lives of the many Black figures whose names are found on street signs, parks, concert halls, and more. 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Feb. 28 - Designing with Intention: Three Generations of Black Architects. In the historically white-dominated field of architecture, Black architects have created some of Seattle's most important landmarks and continue to change the industry. Join three generations of Black architects in the Pacific Northwest for a discussion on their work, inspirations, challenges, and hopes for the next generation. 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Northwest African American Museum

The Northwest African American Museum'sexhibitions, programs, and events feature the visual arts, music, crafts, literature, and history of African Americans in the Northwest.

Feb. 12 - February Interactive Storytime: "Jake Makes a World," by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt. Explore the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in his community's vibrant colors and characters. It was written, 1-1:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - Black History Month Research and Writing Workshop for High School Students, University of Washington Special Collections Room, 3-6 p.m.

Feb. 16 - Black History Month Keynote Program. In-person conversation with Dr. Damion Thomas, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator of Sports. 6-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 - Black History Month Research and Writing Workshop for College Students. University of Washington Special Collections Room, 2-5 p.m.

March 12 - March Interactive Storytime: A reading of "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer," by Carole Boston Weatherford. This children's book brings to life the story of one of the most important civil rights leaders Fannie Lou Hamer, 1-1:30 p.m.

Educational Resources

The King County Library System has curated a list of books celebrate African American history, culture and explore contemporary issues. 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 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.

The Center for MultiCultural Health promote the health and well-being of diverse communities--including individuals from communities of color, individuals with limited English proficiency, immigrants and refugees--through innovative health advocacy, health promotion, disease prevention, and immigrant and refugee service programs.

People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN) is a multicultural, multi-social service agency that addresses disparities in marginalized communities in Seattle and greater King County by offering a wealth of health services and community programs.

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.

  • Feb. 1, 2023: Black-Owned Business Excellence - Symposium (UW-Tacoma)

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle works in education, employment, health, and housing with disenfranchised African American community.

United Way of King County has committed $1.5 million in each of the next two years through their Collective to invest and shift power to the Black community. A group of 15 Black nonprofit leaders have determined how funding will be used to support equitable recovery and the long-term viability of King County's Black community.