Who loves Black History Month? We do! And these local and area events and activities are a great way to feel the love all month long. We have the opportunity for our history to be front and center as we celebrate our people in a way that the whole family can take part. We’re talking multigenerational fun for everyone. And during this special month, take time out to gather together or (for those still quarantining, virtually) and celebrate all that’s melanated with several upcoming events in the area. This non-exhaustive list highlights several diverse events happening that people can celebrate from near or far.
The Southfield Public Library is proud to host a bevy of Black History Month activities and to “remember, educate and celebrate it.”
The library is highlighting distinguished African Americans on their website, https://southfieldlibrary.org/, and social media page each day with a link to a library resource to learn more about that individual and what role they played in history. They recently kicked off the celebration earlier this month highlighting Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey.
As an extension of that program there are markers up at the Southfield Civic Center, located at 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield, of distinguished Black people. Visitors can walk around and learn about national figures both historic and modern-day as well as local officials.
“We encourage families to learn together about Black History,” Kelly Ireland Rembert, outreach librarian at Southfield Public Library, said. “When you know your history, you can expand on it and grow. We know COVID makes learning different. We encourage families to go back to the basics by reading together, acting out a play of someone you admire and this can be done together or over FaceTime. Students get a chance to see the Black Lives Matter movement and how they are a part of the Civil Rights Movement and how they can be a part of the change.”
Learn more about Black History at www.southfieldlibrary.org.
The annual STEM Genius Black History STEM Festival is on tap February 18-19 from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. at STEM Genius Design Studios, 8425 West McNichols Road in Detroit. The festival will be adhering to CDC COVID-19 guidelines and will feature daily discussions on careers led by Amazon professionals. The festival will feature programming for middle and high school students. For more information find “STEM Genius” on Facebook.
From 2-6 p.m. on February 20 at The Ultimate Craft Studio, 28370 Joy Road in Livonia, there will be a Black History Month Pop Up Shop. The event will highlight local Black-owned businesses within the community. Find out more information on www.eventbrite.com.
For those looking to join in on the virtual fun, Detroit’s Black History Series (through November) is on tap from 6-8:30 p.m. February 22 online through the Black Scroll Network History & Tours. The virtual tour showcases the important places, events, and people of Detroit from the Underground Railroad to Motown. The fee is around $30. More information can be found at www.eventbrite.com.