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Black History Month

Radiant Church celebrates the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.


In 1915, in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Few people studied Black history and it wasn't included in textbooks prior to the creation of Negro History Week.

This week was chosen because it includes the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist (someone who wanted to end the practice of enslaving people), and former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln led the United States during the Civil War, which was primarily fought over the enslavement of Black people in the country. Many schools and leaders began recognizing the week after its creation.

The week-long event officially became Black History Month in 1976 when U.S. president Gerald Ford extended the recognition to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States every February since.


A collection of African American films and music curated by Radiant Church members


1. Queen of Katwe (2016)

2. Birth of a Nation (2016)

3. Selma (2014)

4. I am Not Your Negro (2016)

5. Just Mercy (2019)

6. Hidden Figures (2016)

7. Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

8. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

9. The Great Debaters (2007)

10. John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

11. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

12. Freedom Riders (2010)

13. Malcolm X (1992)

14. The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 (2011)

15. Fences (2016)

16. Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021)

17. Roots (1977) (2016)

18. A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

19. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

20. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

22. A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

23. Princess and the Frog (2009)

24. Summer of Soul (2021)

25. Black Panther (2018)

26. Eyes on the Prize (1987)

27. Africa's Great Civilizations (2017)

28. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Black music:

An archive of history, reflection, and lived experience

Gathers and shapes Black cultural identities

Advocates for Black communities it represents

Is the foundation of American popular music and much of global popular music

Playlists available on the following platforms

Spotify: (Link)

YouTube: (Link) 

Performed by Cynthia Erivo – “Stand up”

Maverick City Juneteenth album 

Resound – “Black History”

Resound – “Lift Every Voice”

Andra Day – “Rise Up”

The  Spirituals Choir - “Wade in the Water”

Kanye West Sunday Service – “Lord your Holy Ballin’”

Elevation Worship & Maverick City  “Jireh”

Fred Hammond “You are the Living Word”

Isreal Houghton “You are Good”

Koryn Hawthorne – “Won't He Do It”

Youtube Videos Highlighting Black Artisits

Black History Musicians

Black Owned Businesses

Supporting Black businesses today is more important than ever as many continue to recover from the economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Although Black entrepreneurs have a long and challenging history in America which includes systemic racism, redlining and even violence,  they continue to persevere. In part, their history of survival is rooted in the ability to coalesce for mutual support. 

6 Reasons to Support Black Businesses

Directory of Black Owned Businesses

Support our church community black businesses:

Taylor Made Beautee


401 Olympia Ave NE

Renton, WA 98056

Taylor Made Beautee is a beauty business offering esthetic services including skincare, 

hair removal, makeup artistry, and semi-permanent makeup for brows. 


Gorejus Incorpoated

Services: Educational Leader Support, Professional Development/ Coaching

& Fitness coaching (individual or group)


Nail Care Service