Interesting Detroit BHM Activities

In the last couple post I’ve reminded you to participate in a BHM (Black History Month) activity.  Well, today I’m going to highlight some that I believe are interesting for all ages and experience levels..

Aspirant

Free Family Sunday @ Charles H. Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren Ave.  Load up the car or put your fare on the bus for an afternoon of storytelling performed by the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers.  Moms & Dads can adventure into the spiritual life of the Ewe of Southern Togo through the film Chasing the Spirit: Gorovodu in Southern Togo.  Did I mention it’s FREE!!!!

More Than A Month  A humorous film that wonders why Black history is one month of the year concurrently reviewing more serious issues of race, power and the teaching of history in the United States.  This takes place TONIGHT at the Charles H, Wright Museum at 6:30 p.m. and it’s FREE.

TONIGHT!!!!

Just make a visit to the world’s largest institution dedicated to African-American experience – the Charles H. Wright of African-American History, they need your support now and throughout the year.

Transitionalist

Paradise Valley  You never can get enough of hearing about this lost Detroit treasure.  The Detroit Writers Guild presents the history of the community known as Paradise Valley, featuring poets, musicians and visual presentation.  refreshments will be served, February 18 at 1 p.m. There is a fee for the event call 313.862.9453.

Experience Black History  Join Feet on the Street Tours for an early dinner at Beans & Cornbread followed by a bus tour with stops at the Damon Keith Center, Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Participants also enjoy a live jazz concert and a viewing of the GM Gallery of African-American Art.  The tour operates from 2-9 p.m. February 24 leaving from Beans & Cornbread in Southfield.  Please contact Feet on the Street Tour @ 248.353.8687  for pricing.

Upgraded

Case Study @ Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave.  Storyteller Ivory Williams moderates a Great Michigan Read discussion about Arc of Justice, a biographical study of Dr. Ossian Sweet, whose self-defense trial during the 1920s was the cause of great racial tension in Detroit and nationwide.  It’s free for all starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday February 18.

Dr. Ossian Sweet & his East Side Garland home

Ruined  A play about the lives of a group of women surviving a civil war in the Congo, where their bodies also have become a battlefield between the government soldiers and rebels alike.  Showtimes vary and tickets may be purchased at the Boll YMCA Theatre, 1401 Broadway St.  313.593.0926.  Play runs February 16 through March 11, 2012. PlowShares.org

FELA   This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the life of Nigerian composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti runs through March 4.  Loaded with Kuti’s captivating music, direction and choreography of Tony winner Bill T. Jones.  Call TicketMaster or Music Hall Center at 350 Madison St. for ticket pricing.

These are just a few that I found interesting and decided to share with you.  If you know of any other BHM events in and around the Metro Detroit area, please comment so that we can become involved in the celebration.  As always SMILE….:)

1 Comment

  1. Don’t forget Idlewild, Michigan’s Centennial celebration… visit idlewildmicentennial.com for more information.

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