Celebrate Black History Month
Fifth Annual Black-Owned Business Excellence Symposium
Calling all Black-owned businesses! You’re invited to the fifth annual Black-Owned Business Excellence Symposium to build on and extend efforts between Black-focused businesses and underserved entrepreneurs in Washington state. Listen to international speakers and local entrepreneurs to grow your business and learn collaborative strategies.
Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Always Prepared – Building the Road for Equality
Luther Adams – Free Man of Color, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma, will lead a discussion acknowledging and affirming the importance of Black military men’s service to their community and to the nation. This program will explore the ways that the labor of Black military service paved the road for democracy and expanded Civil Rights for all U.S. citizens. Light refreshments will be available. Registration required.
Black History Celebration
Celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development. Stop by the Black History Celebration at People’s Community Center for a scavenger hunt, art activities, community resources, battle of the bands, special guest speakers, free family swim, and more. This event is free and open to the public.
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First Annual Black Business Brunch
Feb. 17, 2024, 11 a.m
Black-business owners are welcome to the first annual Black Business Brunch! Meet with other Black business-owners and have fun networking, mingling, and enjoying a brunch buffet with live music, spoken word, guest speakers and more.
Black History Month Vendor Market
For the entire month of February, explore displays featuring local artists’ work, along with educational exhibits that honor the 2024 theme “Highlighting Prominent Black Artists”. Then, Feb. 17-18, and Feb. 24-25, enjoy a vendor market at the mall featuring small and local black-owned businesses.
Third Annual Black History Month Market
Feb. 24, 2024, 2 p.m.
Mount Tahoma High School
Come and support BIPOC businesses and performing artists during this third annual event! Located inside of the commons area of Mount Tahoma High School, anyone is welcome to this free community event that is family-friendly with free parking.
A Proud Heritage – An African American Family History Event
Celebrate Black History Month by learning how to piece together the stories of your ancestors and bring them to life. Tacoma Family History Center is hosting a FREE genealogy workshop designed specifically for individuals with African American ancestry. The workshop will offer step-by-step guidance on how to find your roots and trace your family tree. Free lunch provided for attendees.
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Black Artists Exhibition
Feb. 1 – Feb. 29, 2024
Tacoma Community College
Featuring 22 artists, the exhibition at Tacoma Community College highlights Black creators in our community. Curated by a panel of art jurists, the exhibition includes media such as painting, drawing, photography, and glass art, giving windows into personal history and collective culture. The gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday on days the college is open.
Celebrating Black Film at the Grand Cinema
Join the Grand Cinema in celebrating black filmmakers, storytellers, and performers for Black History Month! Showings are scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Black History Month Events
Join Tacoma Public Library in celebrating Black History Month with curated events, booklists, and online resources. Highlighted events include Black History Month Scavenger Hunt at multiple branches, family story times featuring Black/African American authors, movie screenings of award-winning films, a panel discussion on racial equity and social justice, and more.
Support Local Black-Owned Businesses
Discover amazing Black-owned businesses right here in Pierce County!
Thanks to the Tacoma Urban League for putting together a search tool where you can look for Black-owned businesses by category, and then find contact information to support them.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
Take a look at the permanent exhibition of Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. at the Washington State Historical Society.
This free and online exhibit takes a deep dive at Dr. King's visit to the Pacific Northwest In November 1961. Explore his first visit to Seattle through photos, videos, and meet some of the people who shaped his visit.
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Race/Ethnicity in Pierce County Government
Pierce County is a diverse community, and we strive to foster a workforce and workplace culture that reflects the community in which we serve and live. In 2019, Pierce County launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative. Led by the Human Resources Department and County employees, the initiative will utilize input and resources from the community to promote a workplace culture that embraces, demonstrates, and celebrates the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Based the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, The Buffalo Soldiers Museum is one of only two museums in the country dedicated solely to bringing recognition to the Buffalo Soldiers. The six-room museum showcases accomplishments of the men (and one woman) of the all-black U.S. Army regiments formed in 1866.
The museum itself dates back to 2000, when former Buffalo Solider William Jones, who served in the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army during WWII, decided to organize and display the memorabilia he and his comrades-in-arms had collected during their service. With Jones’ passing in 2009, his daughter Jackie Jones-Hook took over the role of executive director and in 2012, she guided the museum into its new Hilltop location.
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Harold was a trail blazer who persevered against injustice and made history by becoming the first Black man on the Tacoma City Council in 1970, the first Black mayor of Tacoma in 1994 and the first Black member of the Pierce County Council in 1996, where he served as chair from 2002 to 2004. While serving in these elected capacities Harold held various leadership positions with numerous external agencies ranging from public transit and public health, to law enforcement, public safety and youth-focused organizations.
Harold helped establish the Tacoma Urban League, the Black Collective and volunteered countless hours to mentor and support up and coming Black leaders in our community and across the region, helping them continue what he started so many decades ago.