Black History Month Events in Metro Detroit
Thur.-Sun.: 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.
Thur.: 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.
Fri.: Attend Friday Night Live with young award-winning vocalist and educator Charenee Wade at the Detroit Insitute of Arts. 7, 8:30 p.m. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Visit dia.org.
Thur., Fri. and Sun.: “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. Thur., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fri., and 2 p.m. Sun.Sunday. Inside Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530.
Sat.: 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 StoryLiving 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.
Sat.: Palmer Woods Music in Homes Celebrates Black History with performances by A. Spencer Barefield Sextet: Multi-generational jazz luminaries perform Monk, Muhal and more. 5-6 p.m. In a 1927 historic Tudor revival home in Detroit’s Historic Palmer Woods Neighborhood. This concert is for children and is free. Tickets ($50, $60) include a soul food-inspired dinner, and must be purchased in advance. Address will be provided with RSVP/ticket purchase. Call (313) 891-2514, or visit palmerwoods.org.
Sun: See “The Ballad of Robert Charles,” a one-man musical play by Larry Gabriel, at Detroit Fiber Works, about an African American man who was born in 1865 and lived in New Orleans, where the riot of 1900 was named the “Robert Charles Riot.” 2 p.m. $10. (Subject matter may not be suitable for children younger than 12.) 19359 Livernois. Call (313) 610-5111.
Mon.: 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 Wed.: 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. Call for exhibit hours. 2360 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call (313) 365-7050.
Compiled by Jocelynn Brown