Black History Month is an annual celebration of Black achievements and contributions in our communities. This February, at Civic Cocktail, Seattle CityClub will welcome Black legislators and immigrants for an insightful discussion and will share their stories and important contributions to the Pacific Northwest region.

The evening will begin with elected officials who play a critical role in shaping the laws and policies that affect our communities. During the first program segment, executive director Alicia Crank will lead a conversation with Washington State Representative April Berg (44th LD) and Senator John Lovick (44th LD) as they reflect on their recent election victories and share their upcoming legislative priorities.

After enjoying a “Civic Cocktail” during intermission, the conversation continues as we explore immigrant stories, which are an essential part of our community fabric and the human experience. We look forward to welcoming Emmanuel Dolo, Director of Programs for the African Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Northwest (and other speakers to be announced) as we explore the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Black immigrants to Seattle civic life.

Panelists – Segment 1

Panelists – Segment 2


  • Alicia Crank, Executive Director of Seattle CityClub

About Civic Cocktail

Civic Cocktail connects elected and community leaders with the public for lively conversations about important issues facing our region. Whether you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, a self-described “civic nerd,” or looking to meet people engaged in their communities, your evening at this beloved program is sure to be friendly, fun, and fascinating. Civic Cocktail’s welcoming and conversational tone is inspired by our Dialogue Across Differences initiative.

More Event Information

  • This free event will be held both in-person at The Collective and online (livestreamed).
  • The formal program begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at The Collective for in-person at 6:00 pm for networking and appetizers/drinks.
  • There will be an approximately 15 minute break between the first and second segment.
  • Attendees will be able to submit questions

Parking: The Collective is located less than a mile from I-5, on the corner of Harrison & Dexter. Street parking may be available and a parking garage (for paid parking) is located under The Collective via the alley off of Harrison.

Bus/transit routes nearby:

  • The 62 bus line stops directly in front of the building and covered bike parking is available
  • RapidRide C-line
  • Route 320
  • South Lake Union Trolley

About Seattle CityClub

Seattle CityClub is a 40-year-old nonpartisan, civics-focused nonprofit, providing a platform for insightful and educational conversations that include a diverse range of perspectives.