2021 Black History Month Celebrations in Detroit

Modified: July 07, 2022 | Story by Samantha Scott

Happy Black History Month! Despite the pandemic taking its toll on how the metro Detroit area would normally honor the deeply rooted influences of Black culture, we found ways to keep the celebrations going. From live interviews from the mayor to special exhibits, virtual events and more, we have your one stop resource for month long recognitions of Black history.

Here are some of the upcoming Black History Month celebrations:

City of Detroit:
The Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship kicks off a year-long celebration of Detroit arts and culture this month, by shining a bright light on the influence of Detroit’s Black artists in all mediums. The first week of February will be filled with highlighting the literary, culinary, music, fashion, and comedic arts.

– Wayne State University:
Virtual discussions, online lectures, virtual exhibitions and more, offering insight, examination and digestion of Black history of past and present. If that weren’t enough, check out their deep dive on Black History in Detroit.

– University of Detroit Mercy:
The word to describe the University of Detroit Mercy’s celebrations is: variety. If you’re looking to analyze critically acclaimed books, learn about African drumming or discuss the power of faith in the Black community, University of Detroit Mercy, is the place to be (virtually).


Art of Rebellion

‘Art of Rebellion’ at the Detroit Institute of the Arts


– Charles H. Wright Museum
Storytelling, the legacy of Black cinema, and the creative expression of the youth are some of the ways Black culture is being celebrated in Detroit. The Charles H. Wright honors Black History year-round with innovative classes, exhibits, lectures and more.

– Detroit Institute of Arts
Bringing Black art and artists to the forefront by streaming stories of photographers, art classes for seniors and a celebration Black entrepreneur of Southwest Detroit.

– Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit
One of the most exciting launches of the month is the ‘Black Art Library’ coming to the Museum of Contemporary Arts- Detroit. The collection includes artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, children’s books, artist memoirs and more.

– The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
ASALH kicks off their annual Black History Month program by partnering with Cinema Detroit share and discuss the film ‘Native son.’

– The Henry Ford Museum
Whether you want to celebrate at home or safely in-person, the Henry Ford Museum will be offering programs for all ages throughout the month. Don’t forget to check out the original Rosa Parks bus in their With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit.



Be sure to check out our website, Facebook and Instagram for updated information, content and more as we celebrate this impactful month of culture.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    City of Detroit
    Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Ste. 1126, Detroit, MI 48226
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    Wayne State University
    5221 Gullen Mall, Ste. 470, Detroit, MI 48202
  3. 3
    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  4. 4
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
  5. 5
    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
    4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
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    University of Detroit Mercy
    University of Detroit Mercy, West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI, USA