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Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County hosting Black-led Wellness Weekend

An aerial view of a Black Lives Matter mural on East Pine Street near Cal Anderson Park is seen during ongoing Black Lives Matter events in the so-called "CHOP," on June 14, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is hosting a Black-led Wellness Weekend on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, as a time for Black people to come together to focus on health and healing.

“It’s an opportunity for us to care for ourselves and those around us; to receive and provide culturally-responsive services, resources, opportunities, and connection; and to support the needs of community,” reads BLM’s website.

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On Friday, community organizations will be offering free health and wellness services at Seattle Central College from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Judkins Park, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., is an all Black healing space presented by Black Out Healing Collective.

There will also be a number of healing events over the weekend centered on Black queer and trans people in honor of Pride Month.

Jimi Hendrix Park will host an all-Black healing space from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

“Taking B(l)ack Pride” to lift the voices, narrative, and contributions of Black queer and trans folks is scheduled for Saturday at Jefferson Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BLMSKC is calling for the entire community’s support via donations to the Black-Led Community Investment Fund. All gifts made this weekend will be reinvested in Black community wellness, health, education, and basic needs.

Donations will go to:

“‘Black Lives Matter’ means caring for our physical, mental, emotional, and social health in ways we define. Caring for ourselves and others is an act of resistance.”

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Learn more about each community group listed above, and find a full list of this weekend’s healing events on BLMSKC’s website here. Organizers ask that anyone attending the events wear appropriate personal protective equipment and try to keep a safe distance from others.

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