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Guide to Black History Month 2013 in Seattle

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Meet an Olympic athlete, a NASA astronaut, and a Nigerian writer during Seattle’s Black History Month. February, 2013 is filled with performances, films, lectures and art in celebration of our country’s African American heritage.

Souls of Sweetness: Works by Artist Robert Horton
January 20 – April 15, 2013
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery
Seattle’s Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.seattle.gov

Come and enjoy the works of artist Robert Horton, and attend the opening reception on February 2, 2013 at 4:30pm, followed by a talk with the artist at 5:15pm. Sponsored by City Light Black Employee Association.

Langston Birthday Bash
Friday, February 1
7:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
206.684.4758
http://www.langstonarts.org

Start Black History Month by celebrating LHPAI’s namesake Langston Hughes, born Feb. 1, 1902. Put on your dancing shoes for the sounds of Motown and LHPAI’s own lady of soul, Josephine Howell. Dress up or dress down, as long as you come. Advance tickets $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.

Explorer Lecture: Capt. (USN, Ret.) Robert L. Curbeam, Jr.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
2:45pm – 4:30pm
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

To commemorate Black History Month, and as Keynote Speaker for the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program, former astronaut Capt. Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. will speak on his experience flying on the Space Shuttle. Robert Curbeam, Jr. is vice president, Mission Assurance, for Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. The program is included with admission to the Museum.

Black History Month: Free Family Film Series
Sundays
February 3, February 10 and February 17
2:00pm
Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
206.518.6000
http://www.naamnw.org

Three Sundays of FREE family entertainment at NAAM celebrating Black History Month:
Sunday, February 3: “Akeelah and the Bee,” featuring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer.
Sunday, February 10: “The Princess and the Frog,” staring Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Oprah Winfrey.
Sunday, February 17: “Cinderella,” with Whitney Houston, Brandy Norwood, Whoopi Goldberg and Jason Alexander.

Call Mr. Robeson
Friday and Saturday
February 8 and 9
7:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
206.684.4758
http://www.langstonarts.org

Nigerian writer and performer Tayo Aluko’s one-man show about Paul Robeson takes the audience on an historic roller coaster through his remarkable and eventful life. Highlighting how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement, the play features fiery orations and some of Robeson’s most famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of “Ol’ Man River.” Advance tickets $20 at Brown Paper tickets or $25 at the door.

Black History Music
Friday, February 8
7:30pm
SAM
1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
206.654.3121
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org

Celebrate Black History Month with two films at Seattle Art Museum: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story and Soul Power. Tickets are $14/person for both films, $12/person for SAM members. Call for tickets. Details online.

From Africa to the White House: A Journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals
Sunday, February 10
7:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
206.684.4758
http://www.langstonarts.org

Nigerian writer and performer Tayo Aluko creates an illuminating, musically illustrated talk exploring African pre-slavery history; Africans’ resistance to white domination over the centuries, and their eventual triumph (symbolically at least) with the election and inauguration of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States. Advance Tickets $10 at Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Saturday, February 16
7:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
206.684.4758
http://www.langstonarts.org

Enjoy the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson’s Dance Ensemble’s 2012 world premiere of FUSION, choreographed by Haitian choreographerJeanguy Saintus. Saintus’ piece expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through Haitian traditional dance and classical, modern and contemporary technique.

Red-Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
Saturday and Sunday
February 16 and 17
February 23 and 24
11:00am – 12:00pm
and
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

During World War II, African American pilots known as The Tuskegee Airmen flew as fighter escorts for Allied bombers in Europe and North Africa. To identify themselves they painted the tails of their planes red. Hear about their brave exploits and make an aviation button to honor these brave men.

MOHAI
Sunday, February 17
3:00pm – 5:00pm
860 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
206.324.1126
http://www.mohai.org

Please join the Black Heritage Society of Washington State to kick off the official start of Black History Month with live music, spoken word, entertainment, and guest speaker Andre L. Head, of Seattle, who is the CEO and Founder of Coltrane Group and History in Progress. FREE with museum admission.

Cascade Bicycle Club Celebrates Black History Month with Nelson Vails
Friday, February 22
7:00pm
REI Seattle
222 Yale Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.223.1944
http://www.rei.com

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the new found diversity in bicycling, Major Taylor, and a modern day legend, Nelson Vails. The Cascade Bicycle Education Foundation, Major Taylor Project, and the Rainier Riders are pleased to host a special evening with U.S. Cycling great Nelson Vails. Proceeds from the evening will help support the Major Taylor Project. Nelson became the first African American to win an Olympic medal in bicycling in the 1984 Track Sprint. Nelson started winning races in Central Park at a young age and worked as a New York City bicycle messenger to support his family. Nicknamed “The Cheetah”, Nelson Vails rode furiously while working, trained in Central Park after work, and raced locally on weekends. Tickets available online HERE.

Annual Black History Month/Dr. MLK. Jr. Celebration
Saturday, February 23
1:00pm
Third Place Books Commons Area
Lake Forest Park, WA 98028
206.366.3302
http://www.totalexperiencegospelchoir.org

Bring your clapping hands and stomping feet to this celebration of Black History Month and salute to the life and work of Dr. MLK, Jr. For this hour and half event, you will are guaranteed not to get weary or bored with the Total Experience Gospel Choir’s performance! YOU are definitely a participant in this celebration! Free and open to the public.

Jam at NAAM, in honor of Earnestine Anderson Black History Month
Sunday, February 24
4:00 pm
Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
206.518.6000
http://www.naamnw.org

Featuring a variety of Seattle’s local talent, an hour-long performance by a featured ensemble will be followed by open jam with audience members who would like to contribute to the music. Hosted by Johnaye Kendrick. Free and open to the public.

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