2017 Black History Month Celebrations
Listing of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area events celebrating African-American history, contributions and culture.
In honor of Black History Month, Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) is highlighting events that celebrate African-American history.
As a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans; OCED takes this opportunity to acknowledge the rich contributions and influence of African-Americans on American culture, civil and human rights, equality, business, medicine, the arts and literature, music and public office.
Slated for unveiling February 2018, planning is underway for “Black Ypsi: Recorded & Remembered” – a heritage tour that honors the under-documented history of African Americans in Ypsilanti through images, oral histories, interpretative signage, a web-based “story map,” and large-scale historical markers.
Community members interested in sharing historic photographs, documents or other media for the tour, can contact Melissa Milton-Pung at firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Black Ypsi: Recorded & Remembered” Heritage Tour is part of OCED’s Historic Preservation/Heritage Tourism Program dedicated to building a sense of pride in our county’s unique identity. To learn more, click here.
Black History Month Events Around Town:
- Feb. 8: Black History Month Film & Discussion: “Alice's Ordinary People” – Ann Arbor Public Library
- Feb. 9: EMU Department of Africology and African American Studies lecture “Knowing Your Rights When Encountering: Police, Immigration, or You are a Victim of Ethnic Intimidation.”
- Feb. 18: Fieldtrips to Charles H. Wright Museum – contact Parkridge Community Center at 734-483-7700
- Feb. 20: FCA Black History Month: Inaugural Black Supplier Engagement, 8am-1pm
- Feb. 24: “Parkridge Life Past and Present” – 4pm-6pm, Parkridge Community Center
- University of Michigan
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ypsilanti District Library
- “Drum Me a Story”: Collection of African tales for children ages 3-9. Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium
- Additional Black History Month Events
- Black Lives: Then and Now: year-round resources on African American history by the Ypsilanti District Library.
This list will be updated throughout February, so check back regularly. To add an event to the list, please email Oke at email@example.com.