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Celebrating Black History Month in 2023

Seattle Black Firefighters Association members 2023

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, the Seattle Fire Department would like to highlight some events and stories from the local community. The beginnings of Black History Month began in 1926 with Negro History Week which served as a call to action for racial equity and justice. By 1976, the celebration was expanded to the month of February. Today, there are many celebrations and events during February and throughout the year that honor and showcase Black history and culture. Here is a small sampling.

Watch this short video on the history of Black History Month.

Here are some local writings and events:

Black history videos worth checking out:

Crash Courses on Black History – Reconstruction

Crash Courses on Black History – Ida B. Wells