Celebrating Black History Month In Metro Detroit

By: Carolyn Hall | January 26, 2024
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 20: The Detroit African American Museum, shown on December 20

In the vibrant heart of Metro Detroit, a series of events blossom each February to honor Black History Month. From creative gatherings to melodious tunes, the city becomes a canvas, showcasing the rich tapestry of African American history and culture. Let’s embark on a journey through these events and spaces, each offering a unique lens into the contributions and experiences of the African American community, right here in Metro Detroit.


3158 South Wayne Road, Wayne

February 3 

trailblazer field

From soccer practice to grocery runs, the Chevy Trailblazer is designed to make your everyday outings a breeze.

Nestled in downtown Wayne, Party with a Tee, a brainchild of Renee Bey, CEO and Owner, has been a hub of creativity since November 2022. Party with a Tee specializes in t-shirt painting events for many occasions, but even more so, it’s a community space where art and history can intersect. The Black History Book Fair, hosted here, is not just an event but a celebration of African American literature and storytelling, providing a platform for authors and readers alike. Indie authors from Metro Detroit will be featured at the book fair, which is free to attend and kid-friendly.

party with a tee flyer for black history month book fair
Photo courtesy of Party with a Tee


The Detroit Public Library system transforms into a learning sanctuary during Black History Month. With an array of events at the branches, there is certainly something for everyone. The library serves as a beacon for knowledge seekers, and with history lessons, crafts, and activities for the whole family, there are great events to learn and explore. For anyone wanting to learn about and create an African mask, the Jefferson branch is holding a crafting session on the 3rd. Also on February 3rd, head to the main branch for a performance and workshop on African dance hosted by Alnur African Dance. For the history buffs, local historian Ken Coleman will discuss Black Bottom, a predominately black neighborhood within Detroit before being demolished in the ’60s, at the main branch on February 4th. Every Wednesday throughout the month, there will be STEM activities for all ages at the main library in honor of African American icons Bessie Coleman, June Bacon-Bercey, Henrietta Lacks, and George Washington Carver. These events aim to educate and inspire, delving into the depths of African American history and its impact on today.


3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 

February 8

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra pays homage to Black History Month with performances that celebrate African American composers and musicians. On February 8th, experience the work of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz masterpieces at Orchestra Hall. The two were musical partners for almost 30 years and wrote some of the most beloved jazz yet. Their collaborations have lasted the test of time and only will be performed on the 8th by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 


315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit

The Charles H. Wright Museum, a cornerstone of African American heritage in Detroit, offers an expansive knowledge of history. One of the permanent exhibitions at The Wright includes ‘And Still We Rise,’ which offers a comprehensive look at the history of African American resilience. A current exhibition, ‘Ruth E Carter: Afrofuturism In Costume Design’ features 60+ original costume designs from award-winning Ruth E. Carter that were featured in iconic movies like Black Panther, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing and more. These designs showcase an attention to detail that brings unforgettable characters to life. 


5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts was one of the first to curate a collection exclusively devoted to African American art as a major fine arts museum in 2000. Since then, the Center for African American Art has continued to highlight American history, society, and creativity from an African American perspective while also increasing awareness of the contributions they’ve made to the arts. Throughout February, DIA members and attendees can view several films related to Black Cinema, African American dance, and more. On February 21st, visitors can draw in the African American galleries while taking a closer look at the collection. 

For even more events throughout February, check out our list here.