Black History Month is a month-long celebration of the wide-reaching achievements and contributions of African Americans. Commemorated in February, this nationally recognized time is geared toward educating Americans about this group’s cultural impact. Black history is American history and, no matter your age or race, there’s an event for everyone to enjoy. Grab your loved ones, or plan for an enriching solo outing, at one of these Michigan locales:

  • Detroit’s Cultural Center: Whether it’s sitting down for a Friday Night Live! performance at the Detroit Institute of Arts, an informative panel discussion at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, celebrating African American History Day at the Detroit Historical Museum or learning about black Americans scientific contributions at the Michigan Science Center, carve out some time for a fun day at one of these cultural stops.
  • Grand Valley State University: Throughout February, Grand Valley State University will hold a number of seminars and discussions on all things African American culture and history. In addition, a voter registration drive will be held on February 16 as a way to get Michiganders involved in the voting process.
  • Under the African Sky at the Wild Swan Theater: From February 23-25, Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater will host performances of Under the African Sky, a collection of African tales told through a variety of artistic outlets, including dance and drumming. Ticket prices range from $10 for youth and seniors 60+ to $12 for adults.
  • University of Michigan-Flint: UM-Flint will hold its fourth annual Africa Week from February 4-10 with events exploring various aspects of the African culture, including art and architecture. Many of the events are free and open to the public.
  • Central Michigan University: CMU holds a number of events throughout the month of February in commemoration of Black History Month. These events include the Sankofa Pan African Fashion Show and a discussion on Mental Health in Minority Communities.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

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