Black History Festival NW - World Stage Theater

Celebrate Black History Month

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they played in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event was the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

To honor and celebrate 2021’s Black History Month, we have curated a calendar of several events happening in our community. We highly encourage you to come out and show your support by participating in these events:

Date / time / location Details - Organization
Throughout February, please visit their website for more details

Black History Month "Connecting realities" celebration - Self Enhancement Inc.

Honor Black Art, Storytelling and support Black-owned businessess during "Connecting Realities" Black History Month celebration! - SEI is a strategic partner of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

February 5 – March 10, 2021

31st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films - Portland Community College

The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. Although the films cannot represent an entire continent, we hope to encourage American viewers to become interested in and study African cultures.

February 5, 2021 / 12:00 pm

John Lewis: Get in the Way (Screening and Panel Discussion) - Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

In celebration of Black History Month, join Cascadia for a screening of the film “John Lewis: Get in the Way” followed by a panel discussion, and music by Laz Lechter.

Panelists include Jennine Smart (Multnomah County Health Department), Mariotta Gary-Smith (Health Share)

More information on the event's website

February 6, 2021 / 10:30 am
More dates available

Black History Month: Story Hour with Nikki Brown Clown - Multnomah County Library

Join Portland’s favorite clown in a Black History Month Story Hour!

This story hour is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with music and movement to a range of African American music. This will be an interactive experience and participation is encouraged! 

Participants will be sent a link to join before the first event.

February 11, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Let's Talk About Race: MicroAggressions - Multnomah County Library


Let's Talk about Race (formerly Building Bridges) is a series of workshops meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity, and how race impacts society. By bridging some of the divides that exist when it comes to talking about race, these workshops will encourage a deeper understanding of participant’s own experiences with racial identity.

The topics explored will provide opportunities for participants to think critically, reflect, learn, internalize, and engage meaningfully with others in their community. 

Spots available for up to 35 people per workshop. After registering, you will be sent an email with a Zoom link to join the series. 

September 10: Race and Oregon history
October 8: Cultural Exchange vs. Cultural Appropriation
November 12: Race as a Social Construct
December 10: Connecting Across Racial Difference
January 14: Identity Development
February 11: MicroAggressions

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

February 13, 2021 / 11:00 am

Black History Month: The History of African Storytelling - Multnomah County Library


Explore the history of traditional African storytelling and the lessons behind the stories.

Bring a photo of your family and join other African American children, families and elders to share your history at the open mic.

Those who identify as part of the African diaspora are encouraged to wear African attire.

February 16, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Black History Month: Afrofuturism - Multnomah County Library

Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Walidah Imarisha will uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.

February 20, 2021 / 11:00 am


February 27, 2021 / 11:00 am

Black History Month: Black Queen, You Are Beautiful - Multnomah County Library

This two-session workshop is for African American teenage girls who deal with self-esteem and body image issues and depression. These young queens will learn intervention tools to address negative thoughts with positive self-thoughts and affirmations, and use their strengths to heal.

Participants will be emailed the link to join before the first event. Please let us know if you cannot attend due to limited spaces. 

February 22, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Black History Month: Real Talk with Rashad Taylor - Multnomah County Library

Join radio host Rashad Taylor in interactive conversations with Black Portlanders to explore causes and underlying issues within the Black community such as systemic racism, education reform, and police brutality. We will also celebrate those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of Black and Brown residents of the Portland metro area. 

February 23, 2021 / 6:30 pm

Black History Month: Where the Heart Is and Reviving the Black Head Nod Film Screening - Multnomah County Library

Celebrate Black History Month by watching films, Where the Heart Is and Reviving the Black Head Nod by local photographer, filmmaker, and educator Elijah Hasan. Hasan has emerged as one of the region's most daring and innovative artists. His work knows no boundaries or genres, as he moves between documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking.

February 27, 2021 / 2:00 pm

Black History Month: Pushout- The Criminalization of Black Girls in School Film Screening and Panel - Multnomah County Library

Join us for a film screening of Pushout:The Criminalization of Black Girls in School and panel discussion led by ZaDora Williams, LCSW. 

The film is a feature length documentary which takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. The documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education.

Additionally, The Black History Festival NW festival is organizing several socially-distanced activities during the month of February in virtual settings and different locations; each weekend an event highlighting and celebrating the African-American experience, presented by the World Stage Theatre.

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