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Black History Month in Detroit— It’s a Celebration! 

Black History Month in Detroit— It’s a Celebration! 
Written by Noah Roy

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Black History Month: The Ultimate Art Museum: Join author and art historian Ferren Gipson on February 6 for a virtual adventure throughout her magnificent museum-in-a-book. This imaginary art museum is an inspiring experience without the constraints of space and time. The DIA is also hosting a Black History Month Educator Workshop on Feb. 12. And airing the cinematic essay, Black History Month: The Last Angel of History from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit’s preeminent venue for Black arts and culture, The Wright will host several events during Black History Month. As of press time, the schedule hasn’t been published. Still the museum notes that across the nation and around the world, Black History Month serves as a reminder of the resilience of generations of African Americans of all backgrounds who have fought for freedom and justice.

Painting with a Twist in Ferndale

This popular event will feature weekly African American themed paintings every Tuesday of the month.

Aretha’s Jazz Cafe – The Satin Doll Revue (February 27)

Features songs from the late jazz greats musical songbook of Dinah Washington performed by Vocalist, Nina Simone Neal , Etta James performed by Vocalist, Tosha Owens, Nina Simone performed by Vocalist, Faye Bradford​, Bessie Smith performed by Thornetta Davis, Sarah Vaughan Kimmie Horne​ and Billie Holiday performed by Vocalist, Sky Covington.

Tickets are $40 and the show takes place at Aretha’s Jazz Cafe.

Detroit Film Theater

Free

An opera based on the astonishing life of Malcolm X will run at the theater on Feb. 4., 7-8 pm Conversations on X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X is by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist, Anthony Davis (Central Park Five), with lyrics by writer Thulani Davis—both will appear live at the event.

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Created by acclaimed historian Khalid El-Hakim will stop by the West Bloomfield Township Public Library on Feb. 5, 2022. This award-winning, traveling collection features original artifacts of Black memorabilia that dates from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade era and spans to current hip-hop culture. Also in West Bloomfield, Love Yourself: Wellness While Black at Connect in West Bloomfield, February 12, 9a.m. —11:30 am

If you don’t mind the drive, check out the Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists 1945 through the Black Arts Movement exhibition which will be through the month of February at Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, in Kochville Township.

Photo Credit: Chris Gerard and the Detroit Institute of Arts

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