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HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021

Promoting Business, Advocacy, and Celebration


Year for Black History Month, UHeights partnered with Phinney Neighborhood Association, Scarecrow Video, Abbey Arts, and University Family YMCA to recognize the history, impact, and achievements of the Black community. Honored this month by highlighting important historical figures and by promoting a series of local, Black-owned businesses and artists. We also had different events throughout the month as part of the celebration.

On Thursday, Feb 11th, our monthly Discussion Group welcomed guest speakers Dennis Flannigan and Herman Hutchinson. Here is a recording of the moving and inspiring conversation:


BHM Events

  • Abbey Arts presents: Round 189, with Musician Push4luv (Melanie Granger), Poet Chelsey Richardson, & Visual artist [Feb 26, 7:00 PM PST Online Session]

  • YMCA presents: COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community [Feb 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST Online Session] - Join esteemed guest speaker, Dr. Stephaun Wallace, Staff Scientist & Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who will be presenting on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, dispelling the myths regarding the vaccine & answering any questions.

  • Thursdays at 10 - Stitchery [Feb 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA] - Join us from your home as we gather virtually for knitting, crocheting, stitching, and conversation! In celebration of Black History Month, we will be talking about and looking at the Quilts and Quilters of Gee's Bend. Please RSVP to get the meeting link emailed to you.

  • Scarecrow Secret Twitch Screening 2 - Feb 24th [Feb 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST Online Session] - In celebration of Black History Month, Scarecrow and UHeights are teaming up for two secret free movie screenings of some very rare Blaxploitation films streamed right to you on Twitch. On Wed 2/24, a searing 70's drama that couldn't be more timely and is maybe the best film the genre ever produced.

  • YMCA presents: Unlearning Systemic Racism Townhall [Feb 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Online Session] - Please mark your calendars and make plans to join a virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Y’s African American CEOs to continue the discussion on the critical topic of unlearning systemic racism.

  • TIPS for Teens [Feb 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Online Session] - Want to connect with other teens & learn something new each week? Join Anika on Tuesdays at 4! Guest Speakers will join you & share experiences and insights on various topics. In celebration of Black History Month, we welcome guest speaker Samuel Williams, a local educator, to this session.

  • Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya [Feb 22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Online Session] - In this poetry class, participants have the chance to read, discuss, & write & share poems in a safe & welcoming space. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist & cultural critic from Ohio.

  • YMCA presents: Black Women on the Hill [Feb 18, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST Online Session] - In Washington State, Black women tripled representation at the statehouse from two to six. This panel discussion with elected officials will acknowledge and celebrate the role of Black women in politics and the importance of the Black vote.

  • Thursdays at 10 - Memoir Group [Feb 18, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST Online Session] - Join us from your home as we gather together virtually for memoir writing! With new prompts & tips each month, come unleash your creative side & tell stories of your lives. In celebration of Black History Month, Joan Horn will be reading a story about her experience at a Civil Rights Workshop.

  • Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya [Feb 15, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Online Session] - In this poetry class, participants have the chance to read, discuss, & write & share poems in a safe & welcoming space. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Danez Smith, a poet from Minnesota.

  • Storytelling with Kibibi Monie [Feb 13, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST Online Session] - As part of our Black History Month celebrations, join us for an online storytelling adventure with Kibibi Monie, the resident storyteller for the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Village, and director of the Nu Black Arts Theater! Please RSVP to get the Zoom link emailed to you.

  • Thursdays at 10 - Discussion Group [Feb 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Session] - Join us from your home as we gather together virtually for rotating topics & lively discussions on matters great & small. To honor Black History Month, we welcome guest speakers Dennis Flannigan (speaking about Freedom Summer) and Herman Hutchinson.

  • Scarecrow Secret Twitch Screening 1 [Feb 10, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST Online Session] In celebration of Black History Month, Scarecrow and UHeights are teaming up for two secret free movie screenings of some very rare Blaxploitation films streamed right to you on Twitch. First up, an almost completely unheard-of autobiographical martial arts film about a Black kickboxer!

  • Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya [Feb 08, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Online Session] - In this poetry class, participants have the chance to read, discuss, & write & share poems in a safe & welcoming space. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of Black poets. In this session, a poem by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, a Black woman poet from Chicago.

  • Thursdays at 10 - Book Club [Feb 04, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST Online Session] - Join us from your home as we gather together virtually on the first Thursday of every month to share books we've read, are reading, want to read & get inspired! In honor of Black History Month, group members will share info about books written by African American authors (book list below).

  • Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya [Feb 01, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Online Session] - In this poetry class, participants have the chance to read, discuss, & even write & share poems in a safe & welcoming space. To celebrate Black History Month in February, we will be featuring works of different Black poets. In this session, a poem by Nate Marshall, a poet from Chicago.

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