ROOTS is an acronym for Relatives of Old Timers. The 45th Annual ROOTS Celebration is a daylong event inviting the community to join in festivities to celebrate the history and culture of African Americans, past and present, who contributed to the vitality of our City. The Celebration is a picnic venue with activities including music/dance/honors/intergenerational activities/senior’s free lunch. For the first time, a second stage will be hosted as an open mic and karaoke opportunity. Sponsors include NW Black Pioneers, Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), Black Heritage Society of WA State, Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks & Recreation and a host of community organizations. NAAM is adjacent to Jimi Hendrix Park and will provide free public tours.
JOIN BHS on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 for a QUARTERLY MEMBERS and FRIENDS MEETING
The Board of Directors will share what’s new at BHS with partnerships, outreach and Collections. The program will include guests from Centralia, WA who are leading the 200th Birthday Celebration for its founder, a free black man, George Washington. Esther Mumford, local historian/author will share comments on her research of Mr. Washington. Also on the program are guests from the Museum of History & Industry to give an update for Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith exhibition, opening on November 18, 2017. A brief overview of BHS involvement at the 2017 Association of African American Museum’s Conference that was co-hosted this August by the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC.
~Light Refreshments ~Renew or Become a Member
SYNCOPATED CLASSIC: THE LEGACY OF FRANK D. WALDRON
BHS partners with the 5th Ave Theatre to welcome Seattle Guitarist and composer Greg Ruby to present the music and life of Seattle Jazz pioneer, Frank D. Waldron (1890-1955). Waldron never became as famous as his star students Quincy Jones or Buddy Catlett but Waldron’s presence reaches back to the earliest days of jazz in Seattle. In 1907, he set up shop at 1242 Jackson Street near the epicenter of Seattle’s burgeoning jazz district. Come out to the Ragtime pre performance Community Conversation at the 5th Ave Theatre – Studio E to learn more.
~ Black History is More Than a Month~
*This is a FREE PUBLIC EVENT. If you want to attend a performance of Ragtime, the 5th Ave is offering a 20% discount on tickets if you buy online using the special code: NAAM
How to Find Studio E at the 5th Ave Theatre:
- Look for the street-level, outdoor staircase located directly beneath the theater marquee. Signs and volunteers will be on hand to direct you to Studio E.
Join BHS for its first General Members & Friends Meeting of 2018. Special Guests are Chief of Police, Carmen Best and BHS will introduce you to the new NAAM/ Executive Director, LaNesha DeBardelaben. Also on the program is a short presentation by Leschi Elementary School students that shares the history and bicentennial celebration for George Washington, the African American founder of Centralia, WA.
Become a member at this meeting and your membership will extend through June, 2019.
ROOTS (Relatives Of Old Timers)
46th Annual Picnic Celebration
Sunday, September 2, 2018 10am-6pm at Jimi Hendrix Park
2400 S. Massachusetts Street Seattle, WA 98144 ~ Free Event
Adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle’s Central Area there is all day entertainment, activities, community awards, drawings and museum entry. Bring a picnic lunch and join the Labor Day weekend fun with friends and family. Community org’s present to share info.
BHS Quarterly Members & Friends Meeting
Saturday, October 13, 2018 12:00pm-2:00pm
Come out to hear about BHS as 1 of 7 organizations selected to participate in a new mentoring program with the National Museum of African American History and Culture…and more!
Our guest is Sharon Nyree Williams, Executive Director at the CD Forum for Arts & Ideas. Ms. Williams will share information about her organization as an anchor tenant at Langston and their amazing creative visual arts programming.
Members will vote to approve amendments to the Constitution/Bylaws.
Looking forward to seeing all members and friends.
*The Grand Hall is easily accessible on the lower level of the building, southwest door.
Exhibit & Reception: African American Pioneer Women of the Northwest
A project funded by King County 4Culture ~ curated by Pamela Phillips, MA, MS.
*photos courtesy of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.
CALL for ARTWORK
Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century
In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks emerging and established artists in the region with an interest in responding to the legacy and ideas of Edwin Pratt (1930 – 1969), Seattle civil rights pioneer.
Two primary modes of submitting work:
- Submit existing work that reflects his legacy or related themes; or
- Submit new work that responds directly to the source material. *Artists can access select images from the BHS-Pratt Legacy Collection at the link provided below.
The exhibition will be installed in City Hall Shoreline and the opening will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pratt’s death.
Deadline for consideration: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, download the Full Call [PDF]