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Published: 04 February 2009

Blacks In Government Hold Annual Black History Month Dinner

Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Midnight DoubleTree Suites Hotel.
The"Show your love" Dinner will benefit the Rotary Boys and Girls Club of Seattle & King County Chapter Blacks In Government. The dinner will feature Jazz Instrumentalist Deems Tsutakawa. For more information contact: Yolanda Geyen 206-263-5279/206-697-0966 or Sandra Magee 206-854-5263. African Attire is optional.

Discover African Heritage at Festival Sundiata

Feb. 14 - 16, Noon to 8 p.m. in Fisher Pavilion and Center House at Seattle Center, with an art opening on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
African- American festival features traditional drumming and dance for a weekend filled with live entertainment. African heritage is brought to life through dance, gospel, jazz, neo-soul, hip-hop and an African "Ujamaa" marketplace. This festival is presented by Seattle Center in partnership with the Sundiata African-American Cultural Association, http://www.festivalsundiata.org. For more information on Safeco Insurance Fest"l and other Seattle Center programming, click on http://www.seattlecenter.com.

Black History Month Celebration and Film

Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.
The film "10,000 Black Men Named George" stars Andre Braugher and traces the founding of the first African-American union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, against the backdrop of the Great Depression. A discussion will follow the film. Door donation is $3. Come early for a Down South Dinner served at 6 p.m. for a $9 donation. Sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party. For more information or childcare, call 206-722-2453 or email [email protected]. Wheelchair accessible.

Henry McGee Global African Studies Faculty Lecture Series at Seattle University Presents: "The Black Knight Who Played Violin: The Music and Life of Le Chevalier  de Saint-Georges" A Public Lecture & Performance by Dr. Quinton Morris, Director of  Chamber Music & Assistant Professor of Music, Seattle University Thursday, February 5, 2009 6:00 - 8:00pm Pigott Auditorium Seattle University This lecture series is free and open to the public. For more  information, please contact Kate Reynolds at (206) 296-5470 or  [email protected]. Sponsored by the Global African Studies Program.

Celebrate African culture at SAM
Feb. 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Seattle Art Museum Downtown.  
First Thursday program when museum admission is free for all. Listen to West African drumming and learn about the museum's amazing African collection with a personal tour with artists Marita Dingus. The evening's programs are co-sponsored by SAM's African Arts Council.

My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours  Marita Dingus Co-sponsored by City Light Black Employees Association February 5, 2009  5:30 pm  Fourth Floor Galleries  My Favorite Things tours bring some of the most opinionated and fascinating artists, cultural producers and community figures into the galleries to discuss their favorite works of art. Celebrate African heritage with a tour of the African art galleries led by artist Marita Dingus. Dingus is a Seattle native whose extensive travels have informed her mixed media sculpture made from discarded materials. She has been awarded such prestigious prizes as the John S. Guggenheim Fellowship (1999) and the Morrie and Joan Alhadeff PONCHO Artist of the Year Award (2005). Tour meets in the Fourth Floor African art galleries. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/calendar/eventDetail.asp?eventID=16215&month=1&day=5&year=2009&sxID=&WHEN=&sxTitle=

CD Forum Presents Christa Bell's CoochieMagik
Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Columbia City Theater.
Don't miss out on this popular one woman show which elevates female sexuality to new heights. Enjoy a titillating raffle, specialty sexy drinks and sensual performances by guests of the Women in Arts and Music group (before and after the show). Entry is $18 (Includes one raffle entry). For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

"Will the Battlefield Kill Jim Crow?"
Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
UW's Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest presents Black Freedom Struggles in the Korean War Epoch, a lecture by Dr. Kimberly L. Phillips of the College of William and Mary. To commemorate Black History Month and Wing Luke Asian Museum's exhibit, "Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the 'Forgotten War,'" Dr. Kimberley L. Phillips will address the tensions and contradictions of nonviolent struggles for freedom and racial justice and African Americans' participation in U.S. military campaigns in Asia. Free and open to the public. More info at www.cdforum.org.

R U An Endangered Species?

Feb. 12 at 5 to 8 pm at Pritchard Beach Bathhouse, 8400 55th Avenue S., Seattle.
Community conversations that could save your life. Part two: Strange Fruit: Race, Violence, and Environment. Free to the public. For more info, visit www.urbanwildernessproject.org.

Northwest Film Festival Films

"Medicine for Melancholy"
Barry Jenkins' debut feature begins one morning in San Francisco, in the comically awkward aftermath of a one-night stand between two African-American twenty-somethings. Feb. 20 - 26. For more info, visit www.nwfilmforum.org.
A riveting story of three people trying to reposition their lives after experiencing a traumatic loss. Feb. 20 - 26. For more info, visit www.nwfilmforum.org.

African American Health Program,

Feb. 11, 6 – 8 pm at Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
RSVP by Feb. 6 to Juan Cotto at 206-667-1246 or [email protected].
A reception will focus on community strategies to improve health in the African American community. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington are committed to improving local and global health through community education, information and outreach. Please join us as we welcome Virgil Simmons, a leader in community education and advocacy organization, to learn more about positive developments and strategies in public health education and research in the African American Community.
Also hear from local community health leader Bridgette Hempstead of Cierra Sisters and from Jo An Henderson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

"Rebirth of a Nation" By DJ Spooky
SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP FEBRUARY SAFE HOUSE SCREENING REBIRTH OF A NATION Experimental - 94min Director-Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky Date: Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum, Pletscheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave. Seattle. This film screening is free in honor of Black History Month. The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and the Seattle Art Museum are partners in presenting a special free screening of the film "Rebirth of a Nation" by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid). The film is a 'remix' of D.W. Griffith's 1915 "Birth of a Nation" that was highly controversial due to its graphic portrayal of racism in the post-Civil War south. Miller's remix deconstructs one of the most influential and inflammatory movies ever made, while drawing striking parallels to present socio-political conflicts in America.

Monthly Anti-Racist Educators Gathering
Feb. 28,  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please RSVP. For more information or to RSVP contact: Dustin Washington at [email protected] or 206 632 0500 x14, or John Page at [email protected].
Please come join other Anti-Racist Educators throughout the region who have attended the Undoing Racism Training and continue to focus on networking, developing a collective anti-racist analysis and begin to organize together to transform the education system in the Greater Seattle Region. The three sub-groups that were formed around curriculum, policy, and community education will continue to meet around these areas.


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