Join us as we celebrate a decade of realizing the vision of Black Seattle with community members from across the City of Seattle. 

State of Africatown: Celebrating a Decade of Realizing the Vision of Black Seattle

Saturday, February 25th 

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute , 104 17th Avenue South, Seattle 98144

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 


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STATE OF AFRICATOWN 2023: Celebrating a Decade of Realizing the Vision of Black Seattle

For a decade now, State of Africatown has provided opportunity to community members, media and grass-roots change makers to hear from a broad spectrum of presenters in the company of over 250 community stakeholders – all coming together each year with one common goal in mind: continuing to build upon the inceptive vision of those who laid the foundation for this yearly gathering and for those who will continue to lay groundwork for generations to come. 

This year will offer an opportunity for fresh perspective as we approach new ways to build thriving communities within Seattle’s Black diaspora.  

Presentations from key community stakeholders and on-the-ground organizations will give you a ‘behind the curtain’ peek at the many ways the community has and will continue to shift narratives to effectively impact and shape the landscape of Seattle city centers and beyond.


Collaboratively founded by the Honorable Dawn Mason and K. Wyking Garrett, The African American & African Diaspora Gathering: State of Africatown, began as a listening session for elected officials and policymakers to hear innovators and leaders share their strategic ideas for Seattle’s Black community. While that goal is still the center of why the SOA exists, each year affords us an additional opportunity to reflect on community values and how we may continue to realize the vision. 

Here’s a look at last year’s virtual State of Africatown event.