Celebration of Culture and Heritage Showcasing artists, businesses, organizations, and leaders of the African Diaspora
The never seen before, first of its kind, Black History Festival NW, was created by visionary Shalanda Sims, funded by Metro, and in 2018, thanks to the work and dedication of an amazing group of individuals, the Innaugural event was birthed; a month-long(28 days and sometimes 29 days), grassroots, a community celebration of the rich, colorful, tapestry that is the African diaspora. Through arts, education, and advocacy 365 days a year, utilizing Black History Month as a resource, as a tool, to amplify truth, unity, hope, Black Excellence, to bridge gaps, and disband isms.
Inspired by the work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and frustrated with the blatant disrespect, disregard, and lack of celebratory events honoring the heritage, strength, brilliance, resiliency of Black Americans during February (and the rest of the year), this program, unapologetically Black, Bold, beaming with Beauty and Pride, aimed to speak loudly, fill a void, especially within the educational system. In its first year, the festival curated several events, partnerships, featuring close to one hundred artists, businesses, business owners, leaders, organizations, youth, serving more than thirty thousand people with continued growth in support and participation.
Since 2018, we have seen an increase in events, similar programs, and plays in February and beyond. Our program also works with multiple K-12 schools to encourage and ensure students are not merely indoctrinated in but taught true American history. If you’re interested in learning how to implement this program in your area please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org