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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.

How much does your child really know about Black history? If they are like a lot of Black youth, it may be less than you'd expect—or hope. Here are some events to check out this month to school them on their culture's story. Along the way, you might learn a thing or two yourself.

Black History Month at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

  • When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28 and March 1
  • Where: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $20/ages 13-61, $15/ages 5-12, free/4 and under; $6/parking
  • More: 313-982-6001, TheHenryFord.org

During 20 total days, the Henry Ford Museum explores themes from northern migration to civil rights roots. Find loads of activities and African-American-inspired recipes at the Michigan Cafe, too.

Wild Winter African Adventure at the Detroit Zoo

  • When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Cost: Free with admission: $14/adults, $10/ages 2-14 and seniors, free/under 2; $6/parking
  • More: 248-541-5717, DetroitZoo.org

Meet David Gakure: He's the Kenyan naturalist and zoo education specialist who tells stories during a fun Detroit Zoo weekend that also has games, crafts and an African drum lesson.

Oh Ananse! at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater and Puppet Center

  • When: 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Saturdays); 10 a.m. Feb. 19 (Thursday)
  • Where: Detroit Puppet Theater, 25 E. Grand River Ave.
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids; $8/puppet-making after show
  • More: 313-961-7777, PuppetART.org

A little spider must earn the right to spin all the stories in the world from Nyame, the sky god, in PuppetART's popular annual hip-hop-flavored take on a West African story.

Kids fun at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

  • When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 1-28
  • Where: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $8/adults, $5/seniors, $5/kids
  • More: 313-494-5800, TheWright.org

It's a big month at the Charles H. Wright of African-American History. Open daily (including Mondays in February only), it boasts family activities at noon Saturdays. Visit Sunday Feb. 8, too, for Dilla Youth Day (2 p.m.)—on that day, admission is free, too.

African-American History Day at the Detroit Historical Museum

  • When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 7
  • Where: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: Free (general)
  • More: 313-833-1805, DetroitHistorical.org

The Detroit Historical Museum hosts an annual free day of family fun with storyteller Ivory D. Williams, a caricature artist and more. Plus find commemorative artisanal gifts and refreshments for sale.

Under the African Sky at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor

  • When: 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 12 (limited seating), 10 a.m. and noon Friday Feb. 13, 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 14
  • Where: Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Cost: $12/adults, $8/ages 12 and under and seniors
  • More: 734-995-0530, WildSwanTheater.org

Wild Swan Theater brings back its collection of African tales, complete with storytelling, drumming, dancing and audience participation. Ages 4-grade 3

Civil Rights On Stage at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts 

  • Where: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Cost: $5-$25/Feb. 22, $5-$15/Feb. 23
  • More: 586-286-2141, MacombCenter.com

Geared at older kids in grades 9-plus, two shows address issues of racism head-on. In the Heat of the Night centers on a white sheriff and black detective who must team up in the mid-60s to solve a crime (3 p.m. Feb. 22). And Justice for All: America and the Civil Rights Movement compares the novel basis for the other play to historical events (10 a.m. Feb. 23). 

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