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Black History Month

Post Date:02/01/2018 8:57 am

Much of Shoreline’s honor, strength and distinction can be attributed to the diversity of cultures and traditions that are celebrated by the residents of this region. African Americans have played a significant role in the history of Washington State's economic, cultural, spiritual and political development.

On Monday, January 29, City Council recognized the month of February as Black History Month, a time in which all Americans are encouraged to reflect on past successes and challenges of African Americans and look to the future to improve society so that we live up to the ideals of freedom, equality and justice.

Black History Month Events

Make America Read Again
Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Shoreline City Hall

Author Saab Lofton will perform a poetry reading and read excerpts from his latest novel,  Defend the Archive. Lofton also works as a cartoonist, an award-winning journalist and a dissident e-activist committed to social justice.  Contact David Francis at or (206) 801-2661 with any questions.

Under Our Skin Video and Discussion
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Shoreline City Hall

Explore The Seattle Times’ Under Our Skin video project around race and inclusiveness. Discussion will challenge your assumptions, inspire you to think and talk about issues of race in a deeper way and help build common ground. Please RSVP to Denise Bugallo, King County Library System Regional Manager, at (206) 362-7550 or

Shoreline Social Justice Book Group
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Shoreline City Hall

The Shoreline Social Justice Book (SSSB) group will be a rich opportunity to meet neighbors and build community by reading books focused on the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, as well as social issues such as immigration and poverty. Discussions will be held on the second Sunday of each month at Shoreline City Hall. The first meeting on Sunday, Feb. 11 will be to select the books. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to Denise Bugallo, King County Library System Regional Manager at the Shoreline Library 206-362-7550 or

American History Traveling Museum
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4:00 - 8:30 p.m., Shoreline City Hall
Presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Learn about the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to chattel slavery, the experiences and impact of chattel slavery, Jim Crow Era, and the many contributions African Americans have had on science, culture, and technological innovations in the U.S. and the world. Presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. by Delbert Richardson, founder of the American History Traveling Museum, community scholar and storyteller, winner of 2017 NEA Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award. For more information, contact Suni Tolton, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at 206-801-2256 or