February is Black History Month — a time to honor the achievements and successes of African Americans throughout history. Here, six ways you can celebrate.
By Arianna Endicott
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren St., Detroit
As the 2020 presidential election looms, Dr. Molefi Asante — Chair and Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Philadelphia’s Temple University — will lead a discussion alongside Legacy Of Literacy, Inc. to tout the potential of informed voting, and its benefit for African American communities. The event will be followed by a book signing.
Feb 17, 24
5:30 p.m. — 7 p.m.
Capital Area District Libraries – South Lansing, 3500 South Cedar St., Lansing
Each Monday in February, CADL will be showing films featuring black directors and/or actors as part of their Monday Night Film Series program. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Note: These films are intended for adult audiences.
Feb 20 — May 31
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
To celebrate Black History Month, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will be featuring an exhibit by artist Brian Washington that documents the Civil Rights Movement and America’s struggle against segregation. To draw as many visitors as possible, the museum is offering free admission Feb. 22—23, and Feb.29—Mar. 1.
Cost: Free with museum admission; admission ranges $4—$10 at the museum
2 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room, 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
Join Victoria Shields, a doctoral student in the Urban Education program at Eastern Michigan University, for a discussion of hip-hop’s roots in West Africa, plus its cultural and historical elements and the influence it has had on communities.
Feb 22 & 23
12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
The Henry Ford, Across from Mathematica, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
Learn about inventor Elijah McCoy, who held 57 patents and is credited with the creation of the automatic lubricating cup, which helped get trains on the tracks and running ahead of schedule.
Cost: Free with museum admission
Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Join the award-winning author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom for an evening of discussion. Gyasi’s works capture the nation’s spirit through her depictions of history and geography.
Cost: Free, but registration is required with the DIA