Black History Calendar

Saturday, 3-6 p.m.: Celebrate the 50th anniversary Call for Black Power and Tribute to Dr. Ahmad Rahman and Ron Scott at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Featured will be Kathleen Neal Cleaver, senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law and former communications secretary of the Black Panther Party. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit

Now through Feb. 21, 8 p.m.: “A Raisen in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry will be performed by the Maggie Allessee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre. 3424 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 577-2972.

Saturday, 3 p.m.: A book and author talk with Evelyn Millstein at Source Booksellers will focus on “The Underground Railroad: The Movement that Changed America.” Free. 4240 Cass, Suite 105. Call (313) 832-1156 or email

Saturday, Feb. 18, 20, 27 and 28, 2 p.m.; Feb. 18, 10 a.m.: 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

Thursday, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.): Black History Month Jazz Music Series at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, featuring Sky Covington and Club Crescendo. $10 at-the-door. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (248) 766-8332.

Friday, 5:30 p.m.: Motown Museum Black Forum Friday Event Series, in partnership with University of Michigan Detroit Center, celebrates Black History Month. Guests will have the opportunity to hear portions of two albums from the Black Forum Label, a spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the 60’s. Minimum donation: $5 at-the-door. Guests will have access to the museum before and after the program. 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 875-2264.

Sunday, Feb. 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. 20, 27 and 28, 2 p.m.: 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. 20, 2 p.m.: Black Studies & Black Liberation: What Went Wrong & How Can We Fix It? film presentation. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Free. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit

Feb. 21, 6 p.m.: “The Underground Rail Michigan Connection, A Stage Performance” will be presented at the Crofoot Ballroom. Music, song, dance and drumming will be used to bring to life the struggle of southern fugitive slaves and Michigan abolitionists who assisted them along the Michigan Underground Railroad until they made it to Canada. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. Call (248) 858-9333.

Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.: The Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington presents “The Underground Railroad Michigan Connection” by Dr. Willie W. Payne during its Sunday morning service. Payne has served as mayor of Pontiac and is a former Pontiac School Board trustee. 25301 Halsted, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 478-7272 or visit

Feb. 26, 6 p.m. (VIP reception: 4:45-5:45 p.m.): The Ford-employees African Ancestry Network (FAAN) presents the 35th annual Black History Month Program at The Henry. The keynote speaker will be Jerome Bettis, pro-football Hall of Fame running back. $60 ($150 VIP). 300 Town Center, Dearborn. Call (313) 594-0688 or

Feb. 27, noon-3:30 p.m.: “The Struggle Continues: Fighting For the Right to Vote.” History professor Wallace Peace leads a panel on Voting Rights, with a showing of portions of the documentary, “Eyes on the Prize.” Clara M. Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit. Free. Call (313) 481-1830.

Feb. 27, 4 p.m.: “Tribute to Frantz Fanon & His Continuing Relevance,” hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Featured will be Dr. William Strickland, professor emeritus, Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie, professor of International Relations and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, and Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, professor of philosophy and Africana Studies at University of Connecticut-Storrs. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown