Black History Month events in Metro Detroit
Feb. 14-18 and 21-25: Celebrate Black History at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. Each week you’ll learn about different aspects of African-American history through hands-on activities, performances, music, African-American-inspired food and more. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free admission with museum ticket ($23 ages 12-61, $17.25 ages 3-11, $21 ages 62-plus, free for children 2 and younger). Parking is $6. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001.
Wednesday: See a movie presentation of “Hidden Figures” at Macomb Community College. The movie is about a group of women, including African-American women known as the “human computers,” who did the math that eventually put John Glenn and Neil Armstrong in space. 2-4 p.m. Free. South Campus, 14500 E. 12 Mile, Warren. Call (586) 445-7999.
Thursday: “The Black History of the White House” author Clarence Lusane, Ph.D., book signing and discussion at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 6 p.m. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.orgCQ.
Feb. 21: Celebrate with black history trivia as students test their knowledge of famous people, events and facts about black history as part of a Trivia Game Show with prizes. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Henry Ford Community College, ASCC (Building L). 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 845-9865.
Feb. 22: Black History Month at Macomb Community College will feature storyteller Miz Rosie, dressed in costume to interact with and entertain audience members with music and stories that relate to black history. 6-7 p.m. Free. 11121 Wayne, Romulus. Call (734) 942-7589.
Feb. 23 and 25: “Under the African Sky” will be performed by the Wild Swan Theater at Towsley Auditorium. Experience a collection of African tales in different mediums, from storytelling, acting, dancing and drumming. 10 a.m. Feb. 22,Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 Friday, and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 Sunday. Inside Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530.
Feb. 24: African-American history will be celebrated at the Detroit Historical Museum with this annual family-friendly event with make-and-take crafts, story readings, games, and live performances. Also, participate in the Great Migration, the Society’s newest StoryLivingCQ educational program, learn about Detroit’s Underground Railroad history and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805.
Feb. 24: The A. Spencer Barefield Sextet will pay homage to black music by featuring musicians of multiple generations performing innovative and legendary jazz, from bebop to avant garde, as part of “Palmer Woods Music in Homes” series. 8 p.m. Tickets ($50, $60) include a soul food-inspired dinner, and must be purchased in advance. Call (313) 891-2514 or visit palmerwoods.orgCQ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 26: Celebrate “Health Day” at Henry Ford Community College. Dr. Cheryl D. Holloway, author of “The Black Woman’s Breast Cancer Survival Guide: Understanding and Healing in the Face of a Nationwide Crisis,” will talk about being a cancer survivor, in addition to offering advice on beating breast cancer. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. In the Eshleman Library (Building B), 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 845-9865.
Through Feb. 28: The West African folktale “Oh Ananse!” will be performed by the Detroit Puppet Theater at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Cafe. 2 p.m. Sundays. $15 adults, $10 children. 350 Madison, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 961-7777.
Through March 31: The 2018 Black American Art and History Exhibit, “The Black Boom! Explosion, We No Longer Have to Be Silent,” will be presented by Hamtramck Public Library and the Creative Spirits Art Collaborative. Featured will be work by a host of local black artists. Opening reception will be 5-8 p.m. Thurs.Feb. 8. Call for exhibit hours. 2360 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call (313) 365-7050.
Compiled by Jocelynn Brown