Black History Month Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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

February is Black History Month, which means it’s the perfect time to bring the family out for a learning experience at one of the cool Black History Month events that are put on by one of metro Detroit’s numerous kid-friendly attractions.

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, or gain awareness of the past.

Discover what family-friendly Black History Month events the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas have to offer, and which one, or ones, will work for you and your family.

Note: Due to COVID-19, some Black History Month events have gone virtual in 2021. Others are in-person but require face masks and social distancing. Be sure to check with your favorite event about their safety protocols before you head out.

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

Feb. 1-28, 2021

  • 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: $25/general, $22.50/seniors, $18.75/ages 5-11; $6/parking

Each week, this local spot teaches about different aspects of African-American history through exhibits and pop-up events. Plus, a celebration at home on Feb. 17.

Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Select days Feb. 3-25, 2021

This year’s Black History month event has gone virtual. Tune in at home for historical films, art talks and demonstrations and much more.

Black History Month at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

Feb. 1-28, 2021

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Times: Varies by event
  • Cost: $10/adults, $7/ages 3-12 and seniors, free/kids under 3

This educational hub offers in person and online programming that are all focused on African and African American history and culture.

Black History Month Events by The Detroit Public Library

Feb. 9 and 20, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 6 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 20
  • Cost: Free

DPL is offering two special online events in honor of Black History Month. On Feb. 9, teens and young adults explore how African American women and men fought for women’s rights. On Feb. 20 adults learn how Black pioneers migrated to Michigan and built lives there before it became a state. The library is offering special reading lists for Black History Month, too.

Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo

Feb. 19-20, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Phone: 248-993-3844
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/admission, fee apply for items on sale

This fifth annual expo is the largest independent black book fair in the state. This year’s event is virtual and features book discussions, kids’ activities, meet-and-greets with black authors and more. Registration required.

That They Live: In Conversation with Rochelle Riley at Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 25, 2021

Enjoy a Zoom chat with Detroit’s very own Rochelle Riley as she discusses her new book That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World.

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