February 15, 2014 at 1:00 am

Metro Detroit Black History Month events

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has many free events this month. (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

Friday

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which Nelson Mandela called the South African Cultural Ambassadors to the World, render vocal harmonies along with their signature dance moves. 7:30 p.m. $38 gold circle, $33 house, $20 students and $15 children 12 and younger. Senior and military receive a $5 discount. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. Call (586) 286-2222 or visit MacombCenter.com.

Feb. 22

MCCC will partner with the Monroe County Library System and a “Blues Coalition” of community co-sponsors to present an all-star concert that will kick off a monthlong celebration of the blues. 7 p.m. Free. Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville, Monroe. Call (734) 242-7300.

Monthlong events

Henry Ford Museum

Each weekend in February, a different aspect of African-American history — from the northern migration and the roots of civil rights history to the triumphs and challenges of present day — will be explored. Highlights include music, dramatic performances and make-and-take items. Free with museum admission (nonmembers: $17 adults, $15 seniors 62-plus, $12.50 youth age 5-12, free for members and children 4 and younger). Parking is $5. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Saturday, Sunday: American Hues “Passing” Theatrical Workshop. 3 p.m. $5 (members, students), $10 (nonmembers). Call (313) 494-5800.

Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 25-28: “Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter” (theatrical production), 11 a.m. to noon. General Motors Theater.

Thursday: “Call Me Kuchu,” film screening and the Plight for Equality — A Luta Continua Lecture and fundraiser. The film highlights “the plight of LGBT individuals” around the world, as well as the work being done in Detroit. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (VIP reception at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda. $25 per person.) Call (313) 964-4320, ext. 18.

Feb. 22: Liberation Film Series presents “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,” 2-6 p.m. General Motors Theater.

315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org. Museum admission is $8; $5 for ages 62 and older and ages 3-12; free for members and those younger than 3. Black History Month events are free and do not require museum admission, unless otherwise noted.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Sunday: Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. This is geared for children 4-8 and includes audience participation. Rivera Court. 2-3 p.m.

Friday: Wendell Harrison with Rasul Muhammad (music). 7, 8:30 p.m.

Friday-Feb. 22: “A Band Called Death” (film presentation). 9:30 p.m. Detroit Film Theatre.

Feb. 23: “Sidewalk Stories” (film presentation). 4:30 p.m. DFT.

Feb. 23: Storyteller Mary J. Grant. 2 p.m. Rivera Court.

Feb. 28: Tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon, 7, 8:30 p.m.

Fridays-Sundays: Drop-in Art-Making workshops, 6-9 p.m. every Friday and noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

5200 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit dia.org. All activities are free with museum admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 for college students with I.D., $4 ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and younger, DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties) unless otherwise noted.

Today, Thursday, Feb. 22-23: PuppetART Theater celebrates with performances of the West African tale “Oh, Ananse,” about a spider that accepts a challenge from the sky god so it can win the right to tell stories to its people. 2 p.m. 25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit. Call (313) 961-7777.