February is a short month but a busy one. Not only is it the month of love but it’s also Black History Month! This year, there are several notable Black History Month events in Seattle that you don’t want to miss. From talks to art shows, live performance and more, here are 5 Black History Month events happening in Seattle this February.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

This electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The musical explores themes of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, “as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.”

When: Until February 5th
Where: 911 Pine Street
Cost: $35 – $100

SAL Presents Reginald Dwayne Betts

Award-winning author, poet, lawyer, and outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, Reginald Dwayne Betts is speaking at SAL this February. Have your notion of justice interrogated and challenged as Betts performs his celebrated poetry collection Felon.

When: February 9th
Where: 1119 8th Ave
Cost: $10+

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Black History Month Keynote Program

To celebrate Black History Month, NAAM will hold an in-person conversation with Dr. Damion Thomas, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator of Sports. Guests will be inspired, informed, and ignited for action.

When: February 11th
Where: 2300 South Massachusetts Street
Cost: Free

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.: Rosa Parks Series

American printer, book artist, and papermaker Amos Paul Kennedy is best known for his works on social and political commentary, particularly his printed posters. In February, you have the opportunity to see a selection of them displayed at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

When: Until February 28th
Where: 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA
Cost: Free

Nina Chanel Abney: Fishing Was His Life

You have the opportunity to see works by artist Nina Chanel Abney at the Henry Art Gallery until early March. Abney “makes paintings, prints, and large-scale murals with layered compositions and fragmented narratives that explore themes of politics, race, sexuality, and celebrity.”

When: Until March 5th
Where: 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St
Cost: Free

Happy Black History Month Seattle!