Black History Month - February 2020

In honor and celebration of Black History Month (BHM), we will have a variety of activities and events throughout the YMCA of Greater Seattle Association. All events are free and open to everyone regardless of race, gender, sex orientation, gender identity, or religious/faith affiliation. 


All Month Long!

University Family Y

Mercy Magnuson Place Food Pantry Food Drive

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Warm Clothing Drive & Black Lives Matter T-Shirt on sale

Downtown YMCA

Movie Screenings! Every Tuesday at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm we’ll be hosting a movie with a discussion to follow.


Sunday, February 2

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Super Soul Super Bowl Party & Service Project

Watch the Super Bowl with us on the BIG screen! All are welcome, free to all!


Friday, February 7

Dale Turner

Teen Movie Night

8:15 – 9:45 pm

Join us for a mini film festival! We’ll be screening a variety of films, all directed by Black film makers.


Saturday, February 8

Coal Creek Family YMCA

Vision board- Art Project

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Come and connect the dots between the past and the present as we honor the sacrifices of the many contributors of Black history. We invite our community to come together to share future visions of success, while hearing about the historical migration of Black men and women. For more information, contact Ashley Hopper at


Saturday, February 15

Dale Turner Family YMCA

Film Screening – 13th

11:00 am  – 2:00 pm

Join us for a screening of the powerful and moving film 13th. We’ll have some light refreshments and a community discussion following the film.


Friday, February 21

Dale Turner Family YMCA

Black History Art Gallery Show

Opening: 4:30 pm Celebration: 7:30 pm


Auburn Family YMCA

 Ethnic Hair Care Tutorial

6:00 - -8:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month the Auburn Valley Y will hold our 2nd Annual Ethnic Hair Care Education and Styling Day on Friday February 21st . This will be a time of learning, conversation and a celebration of ethnic hair. We'll have guest stylist, complementary basic lineups/haircuts, and simple braided hairstyles for youth; and product/styling demos. Our very own Melody Canty-Basham will be supporting the event and showing off her skills among other guests! Members can register in Active or drop in. It is a family friendly event, but youth are the priority. Branch point of contact:   Jay Montoya


Saturday, February 22

Coal Creek Family YMCA

Cooking Class

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Our guest Check Whitney Lee, also known as the Black Martha Stewart, will provide a quick cooking demo and tasting of delicious soul food! Registration is not required and open to community members. For more information, contact Ashley Hopper at


Tuesday, February 25

Downtown YMCA

Community Potluck

5:00 pm

Join us for a delicious dinner at the Downtown Y. Bring a dish and your appetite!


West Seattle YMCA

Black History Lunch & Learn

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us in the Rotary Room as we come together in fellowship over lunch and rich discussion honoring black history month. The month of February is reserved for celebrating and recognizing the contributions and determined efforts of African Americans who helped carve American society. 


Thursday, February 27

Coal Creek Family YMCA

Movie Night

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join the Coal Creek community for a viewing and community discussion of the film Pride. Based on a true story, in 1973 Jim Ellis was just out looking for work as a math teacher. Jim loved to swim and was the only black swimmer on his college team, Jim encountered discrimination from other teams at swim meets. Jim forms the city of Philadelphia’s first African-American swim team and compete in the state championship. For more information, contact Ashley Hopper at


Friday, February 28

Sammamish Community YMCA

 “I Have a Dream” Conversation with Eugene Cash

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us and hear from Sammamish board member, Eugene Cash as he shares his experience of being at MLK Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.


Saturday, February 29


UBUMWE African Dance Membership Event

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join Ubumwe Together and the Kent YMCA for an afternoon of dancing and membership information! Dance will be led by Divine M Mutesi, then Kent representatives will discuss different membership options and can even help you get signed up on the spot!


Tuesday, March 10

Matt Griffin

BHM Black Hockey Truck Tour


Description: In collaboration with NHL Seattle, the MG YMCA will celebrate black history month by inviting the community to attend the Black Hockey History Mobile Museum during its tour of Greater Seattle