2016 Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month reading book with script.

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. The celebration originally began as a week created by noted historian, scholar, educator and publisher, Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976 the entire month was dedicated to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. There are many ways to celebrate the past, and future, achievements of the African American community in Southeast Michigan.

Month Long Events

Charles H. Wright Museum
315 East Warren Avenue – Detroit, MI
Phone: (313) 494-5800

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue – Detroit, MI
Phone: (313) 833-7900

Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Boulevard – Dearborn, MI
Call Center: (313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237

Daily Events

February 3rd – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
African American Read-In – Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge

February 3rd – 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
African American and Black Research Symposium – Oakland University

February 4th – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
African American Read-In – Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes

February 4th – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Black Heritage Poetry: The Detroit Broadside Press Story – Oakland University

February 4th – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
African American Read-In – Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes 

February 4th – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Women’s Empowerment Expo – Oakland University

February 6th – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
African American History DayDetroit Historical Museum

February 6th – 12 p.m.
Movie: 42 – Pontiac Public Library

February 6th – 2 p.m.
Black History Speaker – Pontiac Public Library

February 8th – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Discuss This! You Don’t Know My Story – Oakland University

February 9th – 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
African American Read-In – Oakland Community College, Royal Oak

February 10th – 7 p.m.
Brother Outsider Film Screening & Panel – Oakland University

February 12th – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Taste of Africa – Oakland University

February 12th – 14th
Dance Theatre of Harlem Company TourDetroit Opera House

February 13th – 2 p.m.
Black History Speak – Pontiac Public Library

February 20th – 12 p.m.
Movie: Rosewood – Pontiac Public Library

February 20th – 2 p.m.
Black History Speaker – Pontiac Public Library

February 23rd – 7 p.m.
In Our Own VoiceFarmington Community Library (Farmington Branch)

February 27th – 2 p.m.
Black History Speaker – Pontiac Public Library

February 27th – 2 p.m.
Anansi and the Box of StoriesFarmington Community Library (Main Branch)

 

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