Black Lives Matter

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On the two-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder—and just days following a horrific mass shooting in Buffalo—we must never lose sight of the need for justice for Black Americans. 

Seattle Theatre Group remains committed to playing an active role in the movement for racial justice.

Our organization would not be what it is today without Black culture, art, dance, music, storytelling, scholarship, leadership, and professional expertise. As we honor these contributions, we must also acknowledge the ways in which STG and the performing-arts industry have been complicit in upholding white supremacy. In operating and stewarding the historic Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theatres, we acknowledge that these have not always been welcoming spaces for all. For example, Black people were once forced to use a separate entrance and segregated to the third-level balcony at the Moore.

As we look to the future, we will not forget our history—which includes so much to be proud of and also, so much to improve upon and learn from. In pursuit of our vision as "The People's Theatre," we are committed to examining, challenging, and updating our practices. We must put our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access at the heart of everything we do.

As STG strives to be a part of the change we wish to see, we are grateful for the Black-led organizations and cultural groups helping to lead the charge. We invite you to learn more about some of these groups doing powerful and uplifting work in the community. (Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add additional groups to this list). 

Black-led organizations in Seattle:

Civil rights/social justice/Civic Engagement:

· Atlantic Street Center

· Africa Town Land Trust

· The Lavender Project

· Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network

· Seattle King County NAACP

· Black Lives Matter Seattle

· Urban League of Seattle

· 100 Black Parents

· UrbVote


Black-led arts and cultural groups:

· Art Noire

· Alphabet Alliance of Color

· CD Forum

· Black Heritage Society

· Langston Seattle – Cultivating Black Brilliance

· 100 Leading Ladies of Color

· Nurturing Roots

· NW African American Museum

· NW Tap Connection

· Queer the Land

· SeaTac Ballroom Official Page

· Spectrum Dance Theater

· Taking Black Pride

· Wa Na Wari


Storytelling and media:

· Ijeoma Oluo

· Converge Media

· South Seattle Emerald

· Rainer Avenue Radio World

· Urban Forum NW with Host Eddie Rye, Jr.

· 206 Zulu

And in the spirit of coming together, we hope you will join us on June 16 at STG's ELEVATE— community members, historians, spoken-word artists and dancers join for one performance to center Black and Brown experiences. 

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