See how black lives how shaped music, history, film, and so much more.
By Via StaffPublished February 1, 2019
Black History Month, formally known as African American History Month, began as a week-long event in February 1926 to honor the profound role African Americans have played in shaping life in the U.S. and beyond. Since then, a week has evolved into a month of celebrations, but the significance—and necessity—of this annual event remains. Honor black history and learn how the contributions of African Americans have dramatically shaped our national culture at one of these happenings throughout the West.
All Your Favorite Music is (Probably) Black, San Francisco
Head to the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco for an evening of learning and entertainment that reveals how Western music has been defined by African Americans.
This annual event features fun for the whole family with art activities and live performances. There’s also a marketplace to pick up handcrafted wares by black artisans.
Details: Crocker Art Museum, February 17, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Black History Festival NW, Portland
With stage performances, youth events, a music act by Smokey Robinson, and an evening with Michelle Obama discussing her new book, Becoming, Portland’s Black History Festival NW offers a way for everyone to celebrate.
Details: various locations, February 1–March 1; www.blackhistoryfestival.org.
PDX Jazz Festival
The 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month with dozens of acts by acclaimed contemporary musicians, including a remembrance of Nat King Cole by his brother, singer and pianist Freddy Cole.
Details: various locations, February 20–March 3.
Through the Eyes of Art, Seattle
MoPOP's annual Black History Month event will focus on different experiences throughout the African diaspora and will include access to the MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition as well as Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970.
Details: Museum of Popular Culture, February 1, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.; www.mopop.org.