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5 Must-See Black History Events in Detroit That Merge Culture & History

Black History Events in Detroit Are Still Pumping Out Powerful Programs, Exhibits, Tours, & Films

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month 2022 is particularly potent because it arrives after 2 years of turbulence and many displays of repeated unjust patterns in history. Black History Month in Detroit is filled with the same energy the community exhibits during Black Lives Matter marches. Black history month events in Detroit are exciting to check out each year because the rich history provides endless material to learn from.

Black history month may be coming to a close, but there is still a list of opportunities to get involved in. Take inspiration from these events into the rest of the year and check out what the city is still offering through march. Detroitisit rounded up a list of 5 black history month events in Detroit worth a visit now.

 

Black Lives Matter protest

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‘AND STILL WE RISE’ EXHIBIT

Black history month events in Detroit also include things you can see beyond February. From the tragedy of the Middle Passage to the heroism of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, “And Still We Rise” encompasses an in-depth look at the history of African-American resilience. Visit the Wright Museum with your older kids to show them how severe slave treatment was with honestly-detailed historical explorations. Learning about the slave ship is one thing, but seeing a live replica of it is another.  Click HERE to plan your visit. Located at 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201.

‘STORIES OF BLACK EMPOWERMENT’ TOUR’

Learning outside of the classroom is such an eye-opening experience for the youth. What better way than to take a tour? Black history month events in Detroit help engage younger crowds in new angles on black history. Adults and children are still deeply inspired by the 36-passenger bus on which Rosa Parks in 1955 refused to give up her seat to a White man in Montgomery, Alabama. The tour is available year-round and audio from The Henry Ford’s curators. The Henry Ford also has a pop-up exhibit that runs through the end of March, “Quiet & Loud Protest”, on how three different artist-activists have used graphics to demand change and organize communities. Click HERE for more info. Located at 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI.

 

black fashion model

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DIA PROGRAMS

Celebrating Black History Month in Detroit leaves many opportunities to immerse in the culture and explore the history with a fresh lens. The Detroit Institute of Arts invites you to celebrate BHM with free online and in-person programs for people of all ages running until Sunday, February 27.  Also, Gen Z and millennials should check out “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion”, featuring 100 vibrant and evocative images. Click HERE for more events info. Located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI.

 

DETROIT FILM THEATRE

Black history month events in Detroit are a time to engage on a visual level. We can’t visit the past, but storytelling through film gives us a real opportunity to feel what it must’ve been like. The Detroit Film Theatre is located at the John R entrance of the museum, which showcases the best of contemporary and classic world cinema. Tickets are available online, or by calling the DIA Box Office at 313.833.4005, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI.

 

Black Lives Matter protest sign

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SHOP LOCAL IN DETROIT

Lastly, an idea worth mentioning if you want a simple celebration. Black history month events in Detroit aren’t all about museums, exhibits, or tours. Numerous local Detroit businesses are using their creativity to enhance the culture in the community. Go out to eat at a new restaurant or buy something from your favorite shop. Most importantly, spread love. The best thing about Detroit is the celebration of black empowerment year-round as the streets continue to flourish. The city has lots of new developments, but residents haven’t neglected the importance of sharing the history of the black community.

 

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