“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
This quote perfectly describes one of the most important reasons to celebrate Black History Month: it is crucial that we learn from the past in order to create a better future. Detroit in particular has such a vibrant and rich history of Black culture. We should all take the time to celebrate the triumphs and acknowledge the tragedies of the past.
Celebrating Black History Month can be a great opportunity to support Black-owned businesses, learn about Black history, and celebrate notable Black Americans. Below are some ideas for celebrating Black History Month in and around Detroit.
A number of in-person and online events for all ages, including movie screenings and a live theater performance by Black & Brown Theater.
Virtual programming celebrating the theme of “African Americans and the Arts”.
Several events including screenings of films each Sunday on different prominent Black Americans. There is also a book talk with author Ibram X. Kendi on February 1st.
Their website (linked above) highlights a number of community events and Black-owned business to support.
In-person Black History Month events can be found on the calendar on their website.
A number of events for all ages including Storytelling with Madelyn Porter on Saturday, February 10. Madelyn is a talented local performer guaranteed to entertain and educate.
A literary contest, oral history collection, book recommendations, and ideas for inspiring our kids.
In addition to several special exhibits, the museum celebrates this month with a number of dance, drama, and music performances.
Motown Museum features exhibits focused on Motown music and many of our favorite Black performers from that era.
Check out a special Black History Month Celebration on February 10 featuring author Hill Harper, along with the annual teen and youth essay contest.
“Black History Mysteries” every week for families to solve together.
Each week in February will honor a specific cuisine. Shoebox lunches are curated and sold by local chefs, Black farmers, and food makers all partnering together.
If you have other ideas of how to celebrate Black History Month, comment below and share the details! We wish you a joyful, reflective, and educational month!