Black History Month Events in Southeast Michigan

Bring the whole family to learn about African-American art, history and culture at one of these events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Black History Month Family Events in Southeast Michigan

February is Black History Month, which means it’s the perfect time to bring the family out for a learning experience. Here, you will find a listing of tons of story telling events, musical and dance performances, interactive workshops and hands-on activities, great for anyone who wants to explore black history and culture, and gain awareness of the past. Discover what family-friendly Black History Month events the metro Detroit area has to offer, and which one, or ones, will work for you and your family.


Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb. 1-28, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
  • Cost: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents; others: $12.50/adults, $8/seniors, $7/college students with ID, $6/ages 6-17, free/kids 5 and under

The DIA’s renowned African art collection is yours to explore during all open hours; plus tons of family-friendly drop-in workshops, guided tours and short film screenings to enjoy. Don’t forget to swing by this month on select days for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s celebrations, too.

Celebrate Black History! at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn

Feb. 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26, 2017

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free admission with museum ticket: $22/ages 12-61, $16.25/ages 3-11, $20/ages 62-plus, free/kids 2 and under; $6/parking

Each week, this local spot teaches about different aspects of African-American history in the form of hands-on activities, African-American inspired food and more. Topics include the Civil Rights movement, the northern migration and slavery, among others.

African American History Month at the Michigan Science Center

Feb. 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26, 2017

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. all days
  • Cost: $14/adults, $11/ages 2-12, free/under age 2

Celebrate the scientific contributions of Dr. Robert G. Bayless, Mary Jackson and more at the Michigan Science Center this month. Kids will build simple microphones, learn about different inventions and more.

Oh Ananse! at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater

Feb. 4, 11, 16, 19, 25 and 26, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Puppet Theater, 25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-961-7777
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 16
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids; $8/puppet-making after show

This West African folktale tells the story of what happens when the sky god, who owns all the stories in the world, gives Ananse the chance to tell these stories to people, but only if he passes three challenging tests. The show really comes to life with the help of a hip-hop influenced soundtrack and beautiful handmade puppets. Stick around after the show to build your own puppet.

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou at Macomb Community College

Feb. 8, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Community College South Campus, S. Building, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-498-4031
  • Times: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

American writer and poet, Maya Angelou, is renowned for her work, including her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which proved that love and strength of character can overcome even the darkest things, like racism and trauma. Analyze this piece in celebration of Black history. Advance registration suggested.

Alice’s Ordinary People at Ann Arbor District Library

Feb. 8, 2017

  • Address: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-327-4200
  • Times: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids in grades 6-plus and adults check out this 2012 documentary about a Chicago woman named Alice, who stood up to injustice in Chicago during the Civil Rights Movement, and explore how people like her were integral in the progression of African-Americans.

Race at Macomb Community College

Feb. 8 and 28, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Community College South Campus, S. Building, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-498-4031
  • Times: noon-2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 28
  • Cost: Free

Celebrate Black History Month with a viewing of Race, the story of track and field competitor Jesse Owens on Feb. 8 in the South Campus S. Building and Feb. 28 on the Center Campus. Advance registration required.

Drum Me a Story by Wild Swan Theater

Feb. 9-11, 2017

  • Address: Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 734-995-0530
  • Cost: $12/adults, $10/age 12 and under and seniors (60-plus), $3/lap pass

Experience a collection of African tales in a ton of different artistic mediums like story telling, acting, dancing and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, traditional African music and tons of chances for audience participation add even more excitement to the performance. Note: Get your tickets ASAP – tickets sell out fast.

Secrets of the Underground Railroad in Southern Michigan at the Nankin Mills Nature Center

Feb. 11, 2017

  • Address: Nankin Mills Nature Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $3/person

This program explores the ties Southern Michigan had to the Underground Railroad – plus some lore, secret codes and stories from the era, too. Advance registration required.

Proudly We Served at Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Feb. 11-12, 2017

  • Address: Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Time: 2-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The USS Mason was the only U.S. Navy Warship during WWII that had a crew made up entirely of African-Americans. This film explores the way their historical journey fought both segregation and U.S. enemies.

Sphinx Finals Concert at Orchestra Hall in Detroit

Feb. 12, 2017

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5130
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $15/general

Experience this annual celebration of musical diversity, which features performances by very talented black and Latino string players.

DTE Energy Foundation Free Second Sunday at the Wright in Detroit

Feb. 12, 2017

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Schedule: 1-5 p.m. (story time at 2 p.m.)
  • Cost: Free

The DTE Energy Foundation sponsors these monthly open houses at The Wright. This month, families can enjoy all of the African American exhibits that this local staple has to offer; plus an interactive story time for the kids

Hidden Figures at Macomb Community College Center Campus

Feb. 21, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Community College Center Campus C Building, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-498-4031
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

You’ve no doubt heard about the outer space adventures of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, but do you know how they got there? It was a group of women, including very talented African-American women, known as the “human computers” that did the math that eventually put these men into space. Learn about their contributions with a discussion of the book, Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Advance registration required.

Rev. Robert and Sister Bernice Jones at the Farmington Community Library’s Main Branch

Feb. 21, 2017

  • Address: Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-553-0300
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Beloved folk and blues musician, Rev. Robert Jones, and his wife, accomplished gospel singer Sister Bernice Jones, perform tons of gospel and traditional blues songs, and may even tell a story or two. Registration required.

Black History Month at the Romulus Public Library

Feb. 21, 2017

  • Address: Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-7589
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Miz Rosie the Storyteller dresses up for this interactive presentation and entertains with music and stories in celebration of black history.

African-American History Day at Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 25, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This annual family-friendly event features make-and-take crafts, story readings, games, and live performances, all in celebration of Black History Month. Special events include stories read by Ivory D. Williams, a performance by the youth of the Alnur African Drum and Dance Group, a Story Living presentation on the Underground Railroad and much more.


  • very helpful event calender thanks for your work i appreciate the listing of events all in one spot!


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