The Vineyard Celebrates Black History Month
We celebrate Black History Month as a way to remind us of where we have been as a society and to give us the courage to move forward.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson is given much of the credit for Black History Month. In 1926, he established the second week of February as Negro History Week. Woodson believed that young African Americans in the early 20th century were not being taught enough of their own heritage, and the achievements of their ancestor. He believed that publishing scientific history would transform race relations by dispelling the wide-spread falsehoods about the achievements of Africans and peoples of African descent.
Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Black History Month is also celebrated in Canada and the United Kingdom. Black History Month celebrates the achievements of African Americans and recognizes the prominent role of African Americans in U.S. history.
Black History Month Video & Book Resources
1. Just Mercy
2. When They See Us (Netflix)
3. True Justice (HBO—or EJI)
4. Slavery By Another Name
6. I Am Not Your Negro
7. Hidden Figures
8. Black Power Mixtape
9. Tulia Texas (PBS)
10. The Origins of Black Poverty
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
I Bring the Voices of My People by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings
Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland
A Knock at Midnight by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Black History Month Events in Southeastern Michigan
Black History Month 2020 at the DIA, celebrate with visual art and art-making, poetry and prose, an array of musical traditions, dance, films and more. The programs are made possible by the support of Arn and Nancy Tellem. Programs kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with “Friday Night Live! Steppin’ Into Black History Month.” Free with general admission, which is free to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. All others $6-$14 each. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. (313) 833-7900 or dia.org.
Celebrate Black History at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn: Each week, this local spot teaches about different aspects of African-American history in the form of hands-on activities, performances, music, African-American inspired food and more.
Monroe County’s Black History Month Blues Series, kicks off with Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials in concert. 7 p.m. Tues. Free. Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe. (More events will be held at different locations: Feb. 11, 18, 20, 25, 29). For details and locations, call (734) 241-5277, ext. 206.
National African American Read-In Book Discussions at the Costick Center, interested adults will need to pick up a copy of “Beautiful Music” by Michael Zadoorian at the Costick Center for participation in the discussion. Registration is required. 1 p.m. Free. 28600 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 553-0300.
Southfield Celebrates Black History Movie Night, featuring the acclaimed 2016 documentary “13th. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. 7-9 p.m. Fri. Free admission, popcorn and water. Note: this film is rated TV-MA for disturbing violent images, profanity and brief nudity. Not suitable for young children. Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield. (248) 796-5000 or cityofsouthfield.com.
Secret Lab Inventors: James West – Desktop Stereo Microphone (Feb. 7, 2020): Visit the Ann Arbor Downtown Library from 6-8pm, as we discuss the work of James West and make an awesome desktop stereo mircrophone.
Author Event: Debbie Taylor – Over In Motown! (Feb. 8, 2020): Visit the Malletts Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library from 2-3pm, and listen to author Debbie Taylor read her new picture book.
African American Collage inspired by Harlem Renaissance Artists at Detroit Public Library Chase Branch, children and adults can celebrate Black history by learning about African-American artists through a hands-on art experience. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 17731 W. Seven Mile, Detroit. (313) 481-1580.
Sphinx Finals Competition at Orchestra Hall, an annual celebration of musical diversity, featuring performances by Black and Latinx string players. 7:30 p.m. $15. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5130.
Proudly We Served at Dossin Great Lakes Museum (Feb. 9-10, 2019): The USS Mason was the only U.S. Navy Warship during WWII that had a crew made up entirely of African-Americans. This film explores the way their historical journey fought both segregation and U.S. enemies.
Film: Freedom Riders (Feb. 11, 2020): Visit the Ann Arbor Downtown Library at 6:30pm to view the 2010 documentary Freedom Riders.
Concert: Motown Legends Gospel Choir (Feb. 18, 2020): Enjoy this special Black History Month evening concert at the Downtown Ann Arbor Library from 7-8pm.
“We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” this Damien Sneed North American tour is stopping at Wharton Center. The event reflects on the triumphant and victorious moments during our history. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $23. Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON or whartoncenter.com.
Bike Show & Bike Races at Lexus Velodrome, a community bike show in celebration of Black History Month. Admission: $10. Bike races: $15. 601 Mack, Detroit. (313) 265-6725.
Dark Girls Screening and Discussion at the Detroit Public Library Chase Branch, enjoy a screening and discussion of the documentary that centers around prejudices dark-skinned women face today. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. 17731 W. Seven Mile, Detroit. (313) 481-1580.
“The Potential Power in the Conscious Black Vote,” 6 p.m. Free. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. (313) 494-5800 or thewright.org.
Under the African Sky by Wild Swan Theater at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, experience African tales in different mediums — storytelling, acting, dancing and drumming. Audience participation welcome. 10 a.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Fri., and 11 a.m. Sat. $10-$15. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. (734) 995-0530.
Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo at the Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center, featuring book discussions, kids’ activities, meet-and-greets with black authors and more. Registration is required. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Fee for items on sale. 7707 W. Outer Drive, Detroit. (248) 993-3844.
Collage Workshop at the Detroit Public Library Duffield Branch, all materials will be provided for participation in a collage workshop led by artist Equilla Walker. 3-4 p.m. Free. 2507 W.Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 481-1710.
Lecture: The Roots of Hip Hop Music (Feb. 22, 2020): Join others at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch at 2pm for a presentation celebrating the evolution of Hip Hop from its roots in West Africa.
The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County: Visit the Westgate Branch and join us for this special presentation as Joyce M. Hunter, the Museum’s President/CEO, discusses the new museum and exciting plans for its future. Information will also be shared about the Grand Opening and how the community can participate in this historical event.
Author Event: Rochelle Riley – The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery: 7pm at the Downtown Ann Arbor Library. This event includes a signing with books for sale.
African-American History Day at Detroit Historical Museum: This annual family-friendly event will focus on neighborhood sports in Detroit and will feature guest lectures by groups that play lacrosse, golf, hockey and other games. Featuring make-and-take projects, story readings, games and live performances. Highlighting this year’s event will be neighborhood sports in Detroit, and talks on lacrosse, hockey and golf. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 5401 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. (313) 833-1805.