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February is Black History Month, and in order to celebrate the culture, history, and knowledge of the Black community, encourage learning and sharing in our real estate community and beyond, and to inspire the support of local Black business owners, creators, restauranteurs, and others, RSIR will be curating a series of blog posts throughout the month, each one with a unique focus.
This week, we’re sharing some wonderful (and safe!) events for those interested in celebrating and exploring with us. From stories and history lessons to food and even a live performance, there’s something in this list for everyone to enjoy!
1. The Soul of Seattle Weekly Events
Fridays, February 5-26
Support a great organization while fueling your soul. The Soul of Seattle is hosting virtual events every Friday throughout the month of February. Join them each week for activities like cooking demos, a live panel with Black culinary leaders, and even a virtual dance party finale! All events come with the option to add on a curated three-course meal from a local Black-owned restaurant—so you can nourish your body with delicious food as well as your soul! Check out the organization’s website for more details, including how to buy tickets, each week’s participating partner restaurants, and special guests.
2. Black Kids Camp Too, Don’t They?
Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with the King County Library System (KCLS) and Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington and an avid lover of the great outdoors, as she shares new books about Black children enjoying the beauty of nature and outdoor activities—helping to get all our children excited about spending time outside! If interested in attending, please register at least 24 hours prior to the event start time.
3. Storytelling with Kibibi Monie
Saturday, February 13, 4 p.m.
Gather your crew around the computer for a Black History Month virtual storytelling session, presented by local community organization UHeights and featuring Kibibi Monie, the renowned resident storyteller for the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Village and the director of the Nu Black Arts West Theater. All ages are welcome. If interested in attending, please RSVP in advance to receive the Zoom link.
4. A Night at the Opera: Celebrating Black Voices
Saturday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Black voices with a night at the opera, IRL! The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) and the Seattle Opera have come together to present an original night of musical performance at the Museum of Flight, featuring contemporary Black vocalists and honoring Black history. In a drive-in format, the event will allow attendees to enjoy the thrill of live performance in a safe setting. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
5. Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America with Jeffrey Robinson
Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.
Join ParentMap and Jeffrey Robinson of The Who We Are Project for an online discussion about American history as you may not know it. Learn about the enduring legacy of white supremacy in our country and our obligation to overcome it together as a nation. And if you really want to deep dive into our nation’s history, don’t forget to check out the Who We Are podcast!