Black History Month Events in Metro Detroit

From MLK to Black-owned businesses, how to teach your kids about Black history now and throughout the year.

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 put on by one of metro Detroit’s numerous kid-friendly attractions.

Metro Detroit offers tons of family-friendly events and exhibits to check out and plenty of Black-owned businesses to support

We’ve compiled places that you and your kids can check out in the month of February for Black History Month and the rest of the year, too.

Keep checking back as we add more events and things to do during Black History Month! 

Black History Month Events

Family Movie Night – The Rosa Parks Story

Jan. 29, 2024 

Families can come out to the Jefferson Branch for a family movie night to see The Rosa Parks Story, starring Angela Bassett. RSVP required.  

Celebrate Black History & Black Futures

Feb. 1-29, 2024

Explore Black History at The Henry Ford through musical, dramatic and dance performances, through to With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit and more all month long. 

Black History Month: Family African Mask Making

Feb. 3, 2024 

Families can come out to Jefferson Branch to learn about and create African masks for Black History Month. RSVP required.

“Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971”

Begins Feb. 4, 2024

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: Free w/general admission; Free/residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties

The DIA will open its new exhibit, “Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971,” which honors the legacy of African Americans in film, Feb. 4. It includes costumes, props, photographs, posters and interactive elements. The museum also has permanent exhibits, Africa and Center for African American Art. 

2024 Black Expo

Feb. 10, 2024

Families can celebrate Black History Month at an expo with demos and displays, Black-owned businesses, live music and more.

Black History Scavenger Hunt

Feb. 10, 2024

Participants will be given a list of notable people in Black History to take part in a scavenger hunt at Jefferson Branch. Win prizes, too. RSVP required.

Winter LoveFest

Feb. 10, 2024

This family-friendly event celebrates Valentine’s Day and Black History in and around the historic Palmer Log Cabin. There will be live music, African dancing and drumming, art-making, hot cocoa, treats, games and prizes.

Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo 2024

Feb. 17, 2024

This 8th annual expo features book discussions, kids activities, meet-and-greets with Black authors and more. The first 100 adults receive a free calendar. Registration required.

Family Time – Black History Month Bingo

Feb. 24, 2024

Families can participate in a Black History Month Bingo to win fun prizes, while learning about famous African Americans. RSVP required. 

On the Shoulders of Giants: Black History Month

Feb. 25, 2024 

This Black History Month event will include a contemporary jazz performance by The Al Bettis Trio, speakers, a vendor marketplace and more. Registration required.

More Black History

Detroit Historical Museum

Walk the cobblestone streets inside the museum to see all of the history of the Detroit area, including about African American leaders and heroes. Permanent exhibits include “America’s Motor City,” “Detroit 67: Perspectives,” “Motor City Music” and “Doorway to Freedom – Detroit and the Underground Railroad.”

Motown Museum 

Visit “Hitsville U.S.A.” and see where Motown’s first headquarters and recording studio was along with the founder of the record label, Berry Gordy’s apartment. Motown is such a huge part of Detroit’s history and some of the most iconic artists were The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye.

National Museum of Tuskegee Airmen

This museum provides visitors the history and artifacts behind the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. It hosts the largest collection of Tuskegee Airmen artifacts in the world.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

This African American museum can be enjoyed year-round and offers free admission on certain Sundays throughout the year. Its permanent exhibit, “And Still We Rise,” shows the resilience of African Americans throughout history. This exhibit allows visitors to see how Africans were enslaved, the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement and much more. “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design,” features more than 60 of Carter’s original designs, including costumes from “Black Panther,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Malcolm X,” “Do The Right Thing” and more iconic films.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village

Visitors can actually get on the Rosa Parks bus in the exhibit, “With Liberty & Justice for All.” The outdoor museum, Greenfield Village has two brick cabins called Hermitage Slave Quarters for you to show your kids how enslaved African Americans could have lived.

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