Black History Month Calendar
Here are some of the events being held in the metro area:
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 puppetart.org.
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 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 thewright.org.
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.
Wednesday, 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.
Saturday, 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.
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.: Second Sunday event features exhibits, plus 2 p.m. interactive storytime for kids at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.
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 thewright.org.
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 http://uuFarmington.org.
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 thewright.org.
Compiled by Jocelynn Brown