Six ways to celebrate Black History Month

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Visit the DIA Collection of Art by African Americans

From Feb. 1-28, the DIA will be doing a special tribute to African American artists in honor of Black History Month by displaying its collection of African art.  They will also offer guided tours, workshops and short film screenings.  According to the DIA’s website, the DIA’s African art collection is among the finest in the United States, boasting pieces such as Benin brass sculptures, jewelry and even a carved wooden palace door.  Their pieces are primarily from the African regions south of the Sahara Desert.  Admission is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.  Get more information about this event at dia.org.

Participate in activities at the Henry Ford Museum

On Feb. 15-19 and 22-26, the Henry Ford Museum will let you explore African American culture through food and hands-on activities.  The museum will help you follow African American history from the northern migration to the beginnings of jazz and all the way up to the Obama administration, according to their website.  On Feb. 24, Robert Scott, the director of diversity initiatives for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, will share his vision for more inclusion in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. This experience comes free with museum admission.  Get more information at thehenryford.org.

See “Race” at Macomb Community College

On Feb. 28, Macomb Community College will host a viewing of the movie “Race,” a film about former Olympic track star Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin games.  The viewing will be held at on the Center Campus from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  You must register in advance by calling 586-498-4031.  For directions and more information, visit macomb.edu.

Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (MAAH)

The MAAH is open all of February from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for special events for Black History Month.  Current exhibitions include “And Still We Rise: The African American Journey” and “Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology,” as well as many others.  Guided tours are available and admission is eight dollars.  Check out thewright.org for more information on exhibitions and special offers.

Photos by Olivia Mlynarek '19

Go on a tour at the Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum is doing a featured tour on Feb. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. about African Americans in the 20th Century.  It will focus on the histories, experiences and influences of African Americans in Detroit.  The featured tour guide will be Jamon Jordan, the founder of Black Scroll Network.  Admission is 15 dollars per person.  Check out detroithistorical.org for more information about this event.

Performance by the Alnur African Drum and Dance group at the Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum will host storytellers Ivory D. Williams and Madelyn Porter along with performances by the Alnur African Drum and Dance group.  The performance will feature traditional dance, song, poetry and rhythm and is all part of the African American History Family Day.  Along with the performances, attendees are invited to participate in fun activities and crafts.  Get more information about this event at detroithistorical.org.

Information courtesy of detroitnews.com

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