Celebrate Black History Month

Tacoma Public Library
Tacoma Public Library

Black History Month Events

Join Tacoma Public Library in celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events, booklists, and more.

Explore Tacoma's Black History with a scavenger hunt, learn about quilt codes in the Underground railroad, and celebrate Black artists at the Moore Library. Take a look at many of the free events happening in February.

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Black business owner
Tacoma Urban League

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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Black Puyallup_Feb 26
Community Event

Celebrating Our Community: Experiencing Black Puyallup

Join fellow members of the Black community in Puyallup for the first ever two-day Black History Celebration. Happening Feb. 25 and 26, attend pre-event seminars on Friday surrounding mental and physical health in the Black community, followed by the celebration event on Saturday. During the celebration, enjoy African drumming and storytelling, mapping project, Black Merchants Fair, community conversations, New Orleans cuisine & more.

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Tacoma Public Library
Pierce County Library

Featured Black Authors

Support the work of Black authors with a curated list of books by staff at the Pierce County Library.

Take a look at the book's availability by library branch, place a hold, and enjoy the fiction and non-fiction selections.

Don't have a library card? No problem! Library cards are free. 

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Harold Moss
Pierce County Profile

Harold Moss

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.

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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MLK visits Seattle
Washington State Historical Society 

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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Pierce County Data 

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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Pierce County Council Black History Month Proclamation
Pierce County Council 

February is Black History Month

A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Proclaiming the Month of February 2022 as “Black History Month” in Pierce County, Washington. 

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Pierce County Executive Blog Post

Tomorrow's icons today

"I’ve had the privilege of writing in this blog about important African American Pierce County residents that have made powerful contributions to our lives close to home and beyond. I have shared the fascinating story of Dr. Nettie Asberry who founded the local chapter of the NAACP in 1913, the beginning of a long and illustrious civil rights legacy. She was also an accomplished musician and earned her doctorate in an era when advanced degrees were unusual for women, especially women of color. Another icon in Pierce County is Harold Moss. I’ve written about him a couple of times, including last fall when we sadly lost him at the age of 93. He made his mark in so many ways, but he was especially relevant to us as the Pierce…"

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Pierce County Executive Blog Post

A World of Difference

"By now you know that I really like and appreciate history – and the people who have confronted significant challenges and overcame them. So, have you heard about the amazing life of Dr. Nettie Asberry? I must admit I had not until we shared her story on Twitter as part of Black History Month. She was born at the end of the Civil War to a father who was a plantation owner and a mother who was a slave. Think for a second about the social upheaval at that time in our country’s history and the challenges she faced personally. What if I told you she was not only one of the few women of color to enroll in college, but went on to earn a doctorate in music?."

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Pierce County Executive Blog Post

Local Author and Local History

"I first met Judge Frank Cuthbertson in a year-long leadership class nearly nearly 20 years ago. I was (and still am!) impressed by Judge Cuthbertson from the start. Yes, by his intellect, but more by his heart. His compassion for his community stood out strongly. As well as his commitment to his family AND his sense of justice for our community."

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