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BLAC List: Black History Month Events in Metro Detroit

Celebrate Black History Month in metro Detroit with special exhibits, plays, library programs and more.

Commemorate Black History Month 2014 by visiting your favorite museums, venues and theaters. Throughout the month of February, there will be an abundance of establishments in metro Detroit offering historical, informational and artistic events highlighting Black history. Wondering where to start? Check out our BLAC list of Black History Month events.



Black History Month at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

Feb. 1-23, 2014 (select dates)

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Schedule: Event times vary; Feb. 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 and 27-28
  • Cost: Free with admission: $17/ages 13-61, $12.50/ages 5-12

The Henry Ford Museum celebrates Black History Month with this year's program titled, "Journey and Legacy." The program highlights the legacy of the notable African-Americans who forever changed our world and includes special performances with the following themes: Pre-Emancipation (Feb. 1-2), Northern Migration (Feb. 8-9), Civil Rights Movement (Feb. 15-16) and Contemporary Times (Feb. 22-23).

Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb. 1-28, 2014

  • Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Monday)
  • Cost: Free to tri-county residents; otherwise, $8/adults, $4/kids

Whether you opt to drop in for a workshop, see a film, browse the galleries or catch a puppet performance, there is something to do all month at this Motor City hot spot.

Oh Ananse! at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater and Puppet Center

Feb. 1-22, 2014 (select dates)

  • Address: Detroit Puppet Theater,  25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-961-7777
  • Schedule: 2 p.m. Saturdays (Feb. 8, 15 and 22); 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 23
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids, $8/puppet making after show

Blending the West-African folktale with rap music and hip-hop attire, this puppet show offers a unique, modern twist.

Point Of View: African American Masters Exhibit at the Wright

Jan. 20-April 20, 2014

  • Address:  Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays (Jan. 20, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 only), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: Free with museum admission: $8/ages 13-61, $5/ages 3-12, free/under age 3

Featuring a collection of African-American and African diaspora art on display, see the work of artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner and Eldzier Cortor.

Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad at the Detroit Historical Museum

Ongoing exhibit

  • Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Schedule: 9:30 a.m.- 4p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Monday)
  • Cost: Free

Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Detroit's role during this pivotal period in American history and highlights Detroit's import role in leading runaway slaves to freedom.

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ongoing exhibit

  • Address: 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free with museum admission, $8/ ages 13-61, $5/ ages 62+, $5/ ages 3-12, children under 3 receive free admission.

This interactive exhibit gives visitors the opportunity for a better understanding of the contemporaries of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields of study. Through computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall and a plethora of hands-on activities, children can learn about African-American women In science—plus, black aviators black inventors and key historical figures.

A Band Called Death film showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts 

Feb. 21-22, 2014

  • Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: $6.50-$8.50

This film tells the story of Death, considered one of the first Black punk rock bands and founded by the Hackney Brothers of Detroit.

1300 Lafayette East at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield

Feb. 1-23, 2014

  • Address: 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-788-2900
  • Schedule:  2 p.m. (Feb. 13), 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 19); 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $42-$48

1300 Lafayette East, a collaborative production between the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company and Plowshares is about racial integration in the Detroit high-rise in 1967.

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