Black History Month is observed across the United States each February. It is a time to honor the accomplishments of the Black Community, reflect on historic struggles, and celebrate Black culture. Although these things should be discussed and celebrated all year round, Black History Month serves as a dedicated time to renew your focus. Many organizations host special events and make their resources more readily available. Throughout the month MSP will be hosting a variety of events and we’ve compiled a list of other ways to celebrate across metro Detroit.
Events to Attend
- 2/4 at 10:00 AM: Black History Month Educator Workshop at the DIA
- 2/4 at 2:00 PM: Children’s Film Festival – Celebrating Black Stories at the DIA
- 2/4 at 11:00 AM: Good Black History at MSU Detroit Center
- 2/10 at 1:15 PM: join other members of the MSP community for a tour of Detroit’s Underground Railroad
- 2/18: 7th Annual African American Family Book Expo hosted by Detroit Book City
- 2/24 at 6:00 PM: Ford African-Ancestry Network’s 42nd annual Black History Month Celebration
- 2/25: 2023 Black Expo at Orchard Mall
- 2/25: On the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating Black History Month at the Detroit Historical Museum
- 2/28 at 12:15 PM: join other members of the MSP community for a Group Podcast Discussion
Experience Black History at
- The Charles H Wright Museum
- The Henry Ford Museum
- Southfield Municipal Campus’ Walk Through History
- Southfield is hosting various other events celebrating Black History Month which can also be found at the above link.
- Detroit Historical Museum
Buy from Black-Owned Business
- Detroit is the New Black Marketplace
- 45 Metro Detroit Black-Owned Businesses
- Black-Owned Businesses in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor
- Black-Owned Restaurants
- WeBuyBlack – An online store that sells everyday items from solely Black-owned businesses.
- EatOkra – A mobile app directory to find and order from Black-owned restaurants near you.
Other Ways to Support
- Research Black history in your community.
- Read Black literature.
- Support Black artists and musicians.
Most importantly keep learning and reflecting and remember that the challenges Black individuals face are ongoing, not just history. Incorporate anti-racism into everyday action, not just during Black History month. More anti-racism and equity resources can be found here.