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Call for Artwork_Edwin T. Pratt Legacy Project
Dec 1 2018 @ 12:00 am – Jan 15 2019 @ 11:59 pm


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:

  1. Submit existing work that reflects his legacy or related themes; or
  2. 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]


BHS Pop-Up Exhibit at MOHAI @ Museum of History and Industry
Jan 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pop-Up Exhibit Day and Artifacts Share

Up Close:  The War to End All Wars

Cost:  Free to MOHAI members or Included with museum admission

Art Show Reception_Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century @ Shoreline City Hall Art Gallery
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Art Show  Opening and Reception

Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life:  Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century

Date & Time:  Saturday, January 26, 2019   6:30pm-8:30pm

Location:  Shoreline City Hall   17500 Midvale Ave N.  Shoreline, WA 98133

The exhibition commemorates the legacy of civil rights activist and Executive Director at the Urban League of  Metropolitan Seattle, Edwin T. Pratt, who was assassinated at his Shoreline home on January 26, 1969.  Artists present their interpretation to the exhibit theme and are inspired by select images from the recently donated Pratt Legacy Collection that was a gift to the Black Heritage Society of Washington State by Miriam Pratt with support from long time family friend, Jean Soliz.  The process to digitize the entire Collection is funded by King County 4Culture and photographed by Ken Winnick.


CANCELLED – BHS Quarterly Meeting_Honoring Edwin T. Pratt @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CANCELLED – Stay Tuned to a new date in March.

Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.

Quarterly Members and Friends Meeting

Honoring Edwin T. Pratt   (1930-1969)


Date & Time:   Saturday, February 16, 2019  2:00pm-4:00pm    FREE PUBLIC EVENT

Location:  Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute – Grand Hall

Members and friends are welcome to attend the February Quarterly Meeting and Black History Month Program.   The event opens with an agenda of short business and Presidents Message before proceeding to a program that will pay tribute to civil rights activist, Edwin T. Pratt to commemorate his legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death. A presentation of selected items from the recently donated Pratt Family Legacy Collection will be highlighted. The Collection was a gift to BHS from Miriam Pratt with support from long time family friend, Jean Soliz.

BHS Collections Exhibit at Douglass-Truth Library @ Douglass Truth Branch Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Mar 30 @ 10:00 am

The Black Heritage Society  continues its tribute to Edwin T. Pratt at Douglass Truth Branch Library through the month of March, 2019 with the exhibition, Edwin T. Pratt – Determined Purpose.  In 1969, following the assassination of Mr. Pratt, members of the community made contributions to the African American Literature Collection that was established by the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.  The exhibition shares the original letters written to Mrs. Bettye Pratt from librarian, James A. Welsh that informs her of the purchases that were made in memory of her husband.

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle_Frances B. North Legacy Initiative @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

~Fashion Design Expo Fundraiser~

The Frances B. North Legacy Initiative honors Mrs. North’s unforgettable life, work service and sense of style.  She was an incredible African American woman who made a significant impact on civil rights, desegregation, education and fashion design in the city of Seattle.  The goal is to honor her with a public monument, a historical archive of her experiences, and an ongoing annual scholarship for a minority student pursuing fashion design and higher education.

Frances B. North Legacy Initiative is an official affiliate of  Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

Link to Brown Paper Tickets

Excluded, Inside the Lines @ Wing Luke Museum
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am

Excluded, Inside the Lines

Exhibition Opens Friday, March 8, 2019- February 23, 2020

Uncover the history of redlining and its impacts through individual stories. Beginning with the exclusion of Native people from Seattle, follow the ongoing confluence of interconnected financial, environmental, physical factors that have plagued people of color and the instrumental history of response through resistance, innovation, solidarity and creativity that has shaped Seattle.

BHS collections support the exhibition.

BHS Members & Friends Meeting – Tribute to Edwin T. Pratt @ Northwest African American Museum
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.

Quarterly Members & Friends Meeting

~A Tribute to Edwin T. Pratt with Special Guest, Miriam Pratt~

Join BHS for a lively first quarter meeting with members and friends.  The Society is the recent recipient of the Pratt Legacy Collection that was gifted by Miriam Pratt with support from family friend, Jean Soliz.  Ms. Pratt and Ms. Soliz will be present as the Society pays tribute to Edwin T. Pratt with a selection of images from the digitized collection.



Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting



The new Liberty Bank Building was built on the site of the first African American owned bank in the Pacific Northwest.  The building provides 115 affordable homes and affordable retail space for three local minority owned businesses.  Join the celebration, meet the team of community leaders that made this project a reality and the local artists who contributed to the creative aesthetic.


BLACK GENEALOGY RESEARCH GROUP @ Northwest African American Museum
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Due to COVID-19 protocols, the BGRG monthly meetings are being held via Zoom. Interested? Contact BHS for the meeting link.

Join in lively discussions and programs to learn and share genealogy with the experts. This is an open forum for people of all backgrounds and experience who have interest in genealogy.
*Meetings will return to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle as soon as gathering is permitted.

Did you know that NAAM has two dedicated computers to support your genealogy research? Access is free.