Here we are, already right in the middle of Black History Month. Here are more upcoming events that will celebrate, educate, elucidate and meditate upon the lives and times of the African American odyssey in these United States, generally, and the Pacific Northwest, specifically:
Black History Month Celebration
Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, 734 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Join in and help celebrate Black History Month with healing and empowerment through West and Central African Dance and music. Sample tasty treats, meet new people, dance and most importantly, be yourself! No special attire needed except, perhaps, a nice pair of socks, as there are no street shoes allowed on the dance floor. Suggested donation is $10 (free for T.U.P.A.C. Board +1).
‘Held in Trust’ – The story of Lt. Henry O. Flipper, first Black graduate of West Point
Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 1940 S. Wilkeson, Tacoma
In honor of Black History month, the Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers Museum proudly presents the film “Held in Trust,” the dramatic story of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Film will be shown free to the public. In the introduction of this hour-long film, General Colin Powell introduces the topic and Ozzie Davis narrates. The film features George Robert Snead as Flipper. Museum admission is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, call (253) 272-4257.
Black History in Comics
Saturday, Feb. 24, noon
Stargazer Comics Toys & Games, A, 2610 6th Ave., Tacoma
Stargazer Comics invites you for a celebration of Black History in Comics on Feb. 24. During this final Saturday of Black History Month, Stargazer Comics will highlight characters, creators and stories that put the voices and experiences of black people at the forefront. Featured books will cover a broad range of genres – from classic and modern superhero tales and fantasy to historical biographies and memoirs. All of the featured books will be 20 percent off all day and the store will be raffling off some great graphic novels to a few lucky winners. Whether you’re looking for an inspiring or philosophically challenging perspective on an aspect of Black History or simply want to find a great new hero tale, Stargazer will do its best to find the right book for you. The celebration will start at noon on Feb. 24 and run all day until closing at 8 p.m.
Black History Unity Dinner IV
Saturday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
Cheney Stadium Summit Club, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma
Allen AME Church presents Black History Unity Dinner IV. Theme: “Black Women Making History.” Keynote Speaker: Raven Goodwin, currently starring in the hit television show “Being Mary Jane.” She is also known for her work on BET, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Goodwin has received several nominations for her roles including a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Donation $75. For tickets and more information, contact Adonna Richardson at (253) 905-6633. This a black-tie event. In support of #METOO, women are asked to wear black.
George Stevens Jr.’s “Thurgood”
Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Theater on the Square, 901 Broadway, Tacoma
Broadway Center is producing and presenting “Thurgood,” an award winning, one-man play written by George Stevens Jr., for eight public performances at Theater on the Square from Feb. 23 to March 3. The play is directed by Brett Carr and features Eric Clausell as both lead actor and co-director. Tickets start at $14 and are on sale now.
“Thurgood” brings to life the true story of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Told in the first person, the play revisits flashpoints in Marshall’s life: from his childhood in Baltimore, to law school, his rise to the Supreme Court, and his role in the civil rights movement. “Thurgood” premiered in 2006 with James Earl Jones in the title role, then opened on Broadway in 2008 with Laurence Fishburne. “Thurgood” was later adapted into an HBO special.