Books to read for Black History Month 2023 in Detroit are in the world to help us stay true to the power of knowledge. This annual observance, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S. is a time for the Detroit community to unify their intelligence. Detroiters know the importance of reflecting on African history since the city contains a large population of people of color that continues to carve space for radical change.
Black power comes in many forms such as black art, black culture, black community, black history, black literature, black education, black activism, black feminism, and the list goes on…as long as there is a struggle, there are true stories to tell.
Detroitisit rounded up a list of books to read for Black History Month 2023 to celebrate this year’s theme of “Black Resistance”. Explore how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings,” since the nation’s earliest days.
DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY (MAIN)
Starting off this list of books to read for Black History Month 2023 is a diverse Detroit learning space that continues to provide enlightening literacy opportunities for people. The evolution of this library and its growing population of books is a special piece of Detroit history in itself. Listening to the youth is also a great way to expand our minds this Black History Month in Detroit because they’ll be leading the city. Click HERE to submit an original essay, poem, or spoken word video (open to elementary through high school students).
Book to read for Black History Month 2023 from the Detroit Public Library: Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundations of a Movement by world-renowned activist and scholar, Angela Y. Davis.
Location: 58201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
BLACK ART LIBRARY
Detroit native and art educator, Asmaa Walton began this encouraging idea for the Black Arts Library Project in 2020. Asmaa had spent much time in museums throughout her educational learning and couldn’t help but notice the lack of black art. Lovers of bookstores and libraries enjoyed last year’s MOCAD art exhibition curated by Asmaa. The Black Art Library exhibit featured a treasured collection of books dedicated to Black art. Find books to read for Black History Month 2023 in Detroit and more to look forward to by following the educational resource page: @blackartlibrary
COFFEE CEREMONY AT BOWEN BRANCH LIBRARY
Date and time:
Sat, February 18, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
There’s always room to learn black history and keep discussing it in the present. In-person Black History Month Detroit events are providing the city with plenty of opportunities to communicate on a deeper level. The Detroit Public Library is the organizer of this Coffee Ceremony to Celebrate Black History Month, which will be presented by Chef Helina Melaku Konjo me LLC. RSVP to Bowen Branch by providing your name, phone number, and email address. Click HERE to see the event details.
Book to read from the Detroit Public Library: Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick: Stories From the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston
Location: Bowen | Detroit Public Library 3648 Vernor Highway Detroit, MI 48216
DETROIT BOOK CITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY BOOK EXPO 2023
Date: Feb. 18, 2023
Free/admission, fee apply for items on sale
Black history month 2023 is for all ages to learn something new. Join this 7th annual expo, which features book discussions, kids’ activities, meet-and-greets with Black authors, and more. The first 100 adults receive a swag bag. Registration required.
Location: Historic People’s Community Church, 8601 Woodward Ave., Detroit
BLACK HISTORY BOOK FAIR W/ INDIE AUTHORS 2023
Date & time:
Sat, February 25, 2023, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If you haven’t caught on yet, there are plenty of books to read for black history month in Detroit. You just have to find the right resources, people, and events! Mark your calendars for this FREE Black History Month Book Fair 2023, celebrating the remarkable achievements of independent writers of Black literature. Party with a Tee is partnering with Detroit Book City located in Lathrup Village, MI to host this unique opportunity. Support the community that’s helping preserve the enrichment of books, especially when they’re written by brilliant black writers. Click HERE for more event details and show local Detroit bookstores some love!
Location: Party with a Tee, 3158 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, MI 48184.
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