As the host organization, we at World Stage Theatre, are grateful for our sponsors and partners in this important work.

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Shalanda Sims

Shalanda Sims

Festival Director

Tyra "Trainer Tyra" Lovato

Tyra "Trainer Tyra" Lovato

Shawnte Sims

Shawnte Sims

Social Media

Nichole R. Watson

Nichole R. Watson

David Grandfield

David Grandfield

:Nikki Brown Clown

:Nikki Brown Clown

Elijah Sims

Elijah Sims

Kyra Orr

Kyra Orr

John Washington

John Washington

Marcell Goss

Marcell Goss

Syairah Sims

Syairah Sims

Student Liaison

Jomo D. M. Greenidge

Jomo D. M. Greenidge

Tech

"Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history."

~ Carter G. Woodson

EVENT SCHEDULE

Jan 29, 4:00 pm Portland City Hall

City of Portland Black History Month Proclamation

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Jan 31 4:00 pm Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

BHFNW 2020 Reception Party & Art Installation

View the work of and talk to local artists from the Pacific Northwest as we reveal the art that will be housed for the entire month of February.

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Feb 1, 3:00 pm Location TBA

Festival Kickoff w/Trainer Tyra and Nikki Brown Clown

For the dancer in you, join Trainer Tyra, Nikki Brown Clown in our festival kickoff, email info@worldstagetheatre.org to find out how you can be a part.

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Feb 1, 6:30 pm Mt. Olivet

Gospel Roots

Portland has a rich history of gospel music from choirs to quartets, some of the most inspirational voices in America have come out of the church and it’s no different in Portland. Join artists from Portland, Washington, California and special guest artist as we conclude the festival kickoff with a culmination of Gospel sounds from the early 1900s to modern day.

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Feb 1 Various

Scavenger Hunt

In partnership with Prosper Portland, join in the fun discovering pieces of Portland’s past and present Black community. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

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Feb 2, 2:00 pm St. John's Library

Pieces of Vanport

Join cast members at St. John’s library to hear Pieces of Vanport from the full-length play Vanport written by Shalanda Sims and originally produced at Jefferson high school in 2013

FREE

Feb 3-7 Area Libraries

Youth Displays & Conversation

In partnership with Multnomah County Library, Portland Association of Teachers and high school Black Student Union groups, educational displays will be housed in various libraries for all to see the entire month of February. Great for school field trips. Afterwards, join youth for a candid conversation about the current cultural climate in their lives.

FREE

Feb 6-16 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

14th Annual Who I Am Celebrating Me Production

This play, created fifteen years ago by Portland native Shalanda Sims and performed by youth and adults from the Portland metropolitan area, takes audience members on a historical journey through the Black experience, examining and exploring systems put in place since 1619 and the often overlooked and silenced strength, resourcefulness, resilience, brilliance, triumph and contributions made to propel America forward. Perfect for school and classroom field trips, groups, families and anyone interested in history told through heartfelt poetry and prose to the sound track of soul encompassing music and dancing. All performances held at IFCC.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Feb 6-16 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

14th Annual Who I Am Celebrating Me Production

This play, created fifteen years ago by Portland native Shalanda Sims and performed by youth and adults from the Portland metropolitan area, takes audience members on a historical journey through the Black experience, examining and exploring systems put in place since 1619 and the often overlooked and silenced strength, resourcefulness, resilience, brilliance, triumph and contributions made to propel America forward. Perfect for school and classroom field trips, groups, families and anyone interested in history told through heartfelt poetry and prose to the sound track of soul encompassing music and dancing. All performances held at IFCC.

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Feb 9

Sunday Dinner Mixers

Hosted by local caters, it’s a community dinner, a time to fellowship with friends, meet new people, have meaningful conversation and good food. First come first serve.

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Also $5 cover
Feb 12 6:30 pm Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Rock The Mic Night

Come out and support local artists and leaders as they share with the community.

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Also $5 cover
Feb 14 Rockwood Library

Storytime with Nikki Brown Clown

Join the library and Black History Festival NW in a story hour featuring Nikki Brown Clown. This story hour is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with music and movement to a range of African American music. This will be an interactive experience and participation is encouraged!

FREE

Feb 14-16 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Rejoice! presents BEEN READY

For us in the Black community, we've always been told stay ready, so you dont have to get ready. Ready, as in ready for the discrimination, ready for the prejudice, ready for the racism. Well we are ready, weve been ready and now its time to galvanize. Been Ready brings together our five personal experiences navigating conflicts that are inherently imbued with layers of race, gender and bias. With an inward focus we find what makes us ready.

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Feb 6-16 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

14th Annual Who I Am Celebrating Me Production

This play, created fifteen years ago by Portland native Shalanda Sims and performed by youth and adults from the Portland metropolitan area, takes audience members on a historical journey through the Black experience, examining and exploring systems put in place since 1619 and the often overlooked and silenced strength, resourcefulness, resilience, brilliance, triumph and contributions made to propel America forward. Perfect for school and classroom field trips, groups, families and anyone interested in history told through heartfelt poetry and prose to the sound track of soul encompassing music and dancing. All performances held at IFCC.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Feb 14-16 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Rejoice! presents BEEN READY

For us in the Black community, we've always been told stay ready, so you dont have to get ready. Ready, as in ready for the discrimination, ready for the prejudice, ready for the racism. Well we are ready, weve been ready and now its time to galvanize. Been Ready brings together our five personal experiences navigating conflicts that are inherently imbued with layers of race, gender and bias. With an inward focus we find what makes us ready.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Feb 15 PCC Rock Creek Multicultural Center

Legacy Luncheon

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are postponing this event until April.

Feb 16

Sunday Dinner Mixers

Hosted by local caters, it’s a community dinner, a time to fellowship with friends, meet new people, have meaningful conversation and good food. First come first serve.

RESERVE YOUR FREE ONLINE TICKETS HERE

Also $5 cover
Feb 16 Central Library

Storytime with Nikki Brown Clown

Join the library and Black History Festival NW in a story hour featuring Nikki Brown Clown. This story hour is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with music and movement to a range of African American music. This will be an interactive experience and participation is encouraged!

FREE

Feb 17 Sky Zone, Vancouver, WA

Dodgeball

Get your heart pumping. Bring the entire family. Get in on the fun! It’s the game you remember from your childhood but better. Come play on an indoor trampoline while trying to get the other team out.

NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE

Feb 19, 6:30 PM Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Rock The Mic Night

Come out and support local artists and leaders as they share with the community.

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Also $5 cover
Feb 21

Blazers Black History Month Game

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Feb 22 Beaverton Library

Who I Am

Join local playwright Shalanda Sims and World Stage Theatre on a journey through the African American experience. This masterful production that employs song, dance, imagery, and spoken word presents the hardships and triumphs of unsung African American heroes from Oregon and abroad. Followed by a conversation with the cast and playwright. Ages 10 & older.

FREE

Feb 23 Portland Center Stage

Black Futures Ball

The Black Futures Ball will feature 7 categories celebrating Black excellence & the Ballroom community at large. The first three categories Face, Future Fashion, & Mic Drop are for Black participants only, while Runway, Old Way Vogue & Vogue Femme are open to all. ALL CATEGORIES HAVE $$$ PRIZES.

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Feb 23, 7:00-9:00 pm Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Last Laugh Sunday

F.I.Y.A'S Place productions presents...An all Black Comedy Showcase in honor of Black History Month.

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Also $10 cover
Feb 24

How Well Do You Know Your Black History

Come out and support Black Student Union groups as they compete for a cash prize to use as they see fit. Winner not only gets a cash prize but one year of bragging rights! This is a not-to-be-missed event.

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Feb 26 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Rock The Mic Night

Come out and support local artists and leaders as they share with the community.

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Also $5 cover
Mar 9, 6:30 pm Portland Center Stage at The Armory

Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition

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