Black History Month Calendar

Through Feb. 28: Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates Black History Month


Music: Marion Hayden Ensemble featuring M. Safell Gardner, featuring improvised music for jazz ensemble with the creation of a painting, inspired by the music as it’s performed.

Feb. 15

Sunday Music Bar: violinist and flutist Michelle May and guitarist Rydell Chavez perform classical, jazz and world fusion music in Kresge Court. 1 p.m.

Lecture: 23rd annual Alain Locke Awards: Richard Hunt: Reconciling Nature and Industry in Welded Sculpture. 2 p.m.

Feb. 20

Alice Smith, known for her four-octave vocal range, will perform. 7 and 8:30 p.m.

“Timbuktu” is shown in the Detroit Film Theatre (inside the DIA). $8.50 and $6.50 (DIA members, seniors and students). 7 p.m.

Feb. 21

“Timbuktu” is shown. 7 p.m. (see Feb. 20 listing for details.)

Feb. 22

Sunday Music Bar with cellist Cecelia Sharpe performing classical and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

“Timbuktu” is shown in the Detroit Film Theatre (inside the DIA). 2 p.m. (see Feb. 20 listing for details.)

Feb. 27

Music: Harriet Tubman: The Band, inspired by the ideals of freedom and named after the heroic slave who risked her life to escape slavery and help others do the same. 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 27, 28

“Timbuktu” is shown in the Detroit Film Theatre (inside the DIA). (See Feb. 20 listing for details.)

The Detroit Institute of Arts is at 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62-plus, $4 for ages 6-17. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit

Charles Wright Museum of African American History celebrates Black History Month


African World Bazaar. Noon-8 p.m.


Mahogany @ The Museum #5: BLK/LUV (concert).

Feb. 18

African World Festival Community Advisory Meeting. 6-8 p.m.

Feb. 20

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers present “Love and War.” General Motors Theater.

Feb. 21

Liberation Film Series “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” screening and discussion.

Feb. 22

“My Brother’s Keeper: African Canadians & the American Civil War” lecture and book signing.

Feb. 25 S.O.S. (Strengthening Our Sons) Detroit: A Panel on Black Male Achievement. 6 p.m.

March 1

“Oh, Freedom! A Musical Journey through African American History.” 6-9 p.m.

The Charles Wright Museum is at 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors 62-plus and youth ages 3-12. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit


Celebrate “African American History Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Entertainment included renowned storyteller Ivory D. Williams (noon), a “story living” presentation on the Underground Railroad with Madelyn Porter (2:30 p.m.), “Caricatures by Pete” (noon and 3 p.m.), and lots of craft activities, including free spin-art in the All in One Art Craft Area and quilt readings, bingo and book giveaways with the Peace Baptist Church Quilters. (This event is sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, with support from the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee.) Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit


Henry Ford Community College Celebrates Black History. Minister Malik Shabazz will speak on the importance of education, leadership and self-responsibility. 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berry Amphitheater, Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC), 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 845-9865.


Romulus Annual Soul Food Dinner will be held in honor of Black History Month at Romulus High School. This event has been held for more than 20 years to help build community among parents, staff, children and the administration. 6-7:30 p.m. A program will follow from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. All donations will benefit the Romulus Middle School Student Activities Fund. 9650 Wayne Road, Romulus. Call (313) 532-1000.


Former Detroit News columnist Betty DeRamus will sell and autograph copies of her acclaimed nonfiction book, “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad,” at 1300 Lafayette. Books will be available for sale at $11 (cash only) each. NBC and Stevie Wonder recently announced plans for turning the book into a television miniseries called “Freedom Run.” The book will also be turned into a stage musical with the score written by Wonder. “Forbidden Fruit,” DeRamus’ first book, appeared on Essence Magazine’s best-seller list for nine months. 1300 Lafayette (East Room), Detroit.

Feb. 18

“The Real Deal Game Show Featuring Black History Trivia,” at Henry Ford Community College. HFC students will answer black history questions and participate in games for a chance at winning cash prizes. Students will be randomly selected. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 845-9865.

Wed.-Fri., Feb. 15, 18-22, 25-28 and March 1

Celebrate Black History at the Henry Ford Museum. Select days each week will showcase a different aspect of African-American history, from the northern migration and the roots of civil rights history to the triumphs and challenges of the present day. Free with museum admission: nonmembers: $20 adults, $18 ages 62-plus, $15 youth ages 5-12, free for members and children younger than 4. Parking is $6 (free for members). 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit

Thursday, Friday, Feb. 14

Wild Swan Theater presents “Under the African Sky,” a collection of humorous African tales created for children 3-9 years of age at Towsley Auditorium/Morris Lawrence Building. 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m., noon Friday and 11 a.m. Sat. $12 adults, $8 youth and seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more, and $3 lap passes available for patrons younger than 2. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530 or visit for tickets and/or accessibility reservations.


August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Fences” at Bonstelle Theatre. 8 p.m. $10-$20. 3424 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 577-2972.

Feb. 19

“The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X” is celebrated at Henry Ford Community College. 12:45-2 p.m. Free. Rooj K-14, Liberal Arts Building. 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 845-9865.

Feb. 21

Join Oak Grove African Methodists Episcopal Church for its 29th annual Black History Luncheon, “Remembering Our Past As We Focus on Our Future,” at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center. Local journalist Rochelle Riley will be the keynote speaker. 11:30 a.m. $45 adults, $25 for those 18 and younger. 24350 Southfield, Southfield. Call (313) 341-8877 or visit

Feb. 25-27

Celebrate Black History Month at Oak Grove African Methodists Episcopal Church with “Sank of a Revival” event, featuring the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ. 7 p.m. nightly. Free. 19801 Cherrylawn, Detroit. Call (313) 341-8877 or visit

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown