Black History Month events

Here are some of the events being held in the Metro area:

Feb. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Activities include dramatic interpretations, interactive music and a performance of “Minds on Freedom.” Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Free with admission: $21 adults, $19 seniors (62-plus), $15.75 (ages 5-12), free for members and children 4 and younger. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit

Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Celebrate the legacy of Horace L. Sheffield Jr. Includes a strolling buffet, a video presentation of The Horace Sheffield Jr. Labor & Civil Rights Archives, and entertainment by singer Lenny Williams. Free. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 313 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 491-0003.

Feb. 6, 13, 18, 20, 27 and 28, 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; 10 a.m. Feb. 18: PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater performs the West African folktale “Oh Ananse!, featuring a hip-hop influenced libretto soundtrack and handmade puppets. 25 E. Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 961-7777 or visit

Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Activities include storytelling at noon by Ivory D. Williams, games and make-and-take crafts. At 3 p.m., local quilter April Shipp will present the Living History of Savannah Magee, an enslaved African-American. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Free. Parking is $7. Call (313) 833-7979

Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28: Hustle For History, dance lessons by Thomasenia Johnson. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. 5 p.m. $7, free for members. All ages welcome. Call (313) 494-5800.

Feb. 10, 9:30-11 a.m.: “Invention of Wings” book discussion at Macomb Community College Center Campus library, Hall and Garfield, Clinton Township. Free. Call (586) 445-7999.

Feb. 10-13, 10 a.m. Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m. and noon Fri. and 11 a.m. Sat.: Wild Swan Theater presents “Drum Me a Story” at Towsley Auditorium, along with other storytelling, acting, dancing and drumming. $12 adults, $8 seniors (60-plus) and those ages 12 and younger. Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 973-3300.

Feb. 14, 1-5 p.m. Second Sunday event features exhibits, plus 2 p.m. interactive storytime for kids. Free. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800.

Feb. 27, noon-3:30 p.m.: History professor Wallace Peace leads a panel on Freedom Fighters, with a showing of the documentary, “Eyes on the Prize.” Clara M. Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit. Free. Call (313) 481-1830.

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown