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Black Arts Legacies

The Black Arts Legacies video series highlights the vital role of Black artists in Seattle. Each short film focuses on two artists working in the same genre across different time periods.

Theater and Building Community

Throughout the massive shifts that Seattle’s Black population has experienced — from the huge influx of Black people in search of opportunity in the 1930s and ’40s to the steady decline of the in-city Black population in the 1990s — Black presence has been emphasized in theater groups like the Negro Repertory Company, Black Arts/West, The Hansberry Project and the CD Forum. Douglas Quinton Barnett and Sharon Nyree Williams represent the history and future of Black theater in Seattle — and in the historically Black Central District neighborhood in particular.