Ultimate Guide to Black History Month in Detroit

Modified: February 27, 2019 | Story by Chloe Seymour | Photos by Eastern Market/Murals in the Market, Savannah Blue

It’s no secret – Detroit has played a special and pivotal role in some of our nation’s most monumental historical moments. From the days of the Underground Railroad, with Detroit being the last stop on many slaves’ path to freedom, to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his first version of the I Have A Dream speech at Cobo Center (then known as Cobo Hall), Detroit is in the history books next to some iconic names as an influential city within these periods.

Detroit continues to honor its roots in a variety of ways throughout Black History Month (and beyond!) The city takes pride in its extensive collection of art, historical monuments and inclusive businesses to give locals and visitors an opportunity to observe Black History Month and have some incredible experiences along the way.

Learn more about your community, inclusive grassroots efforts and Detroit’s notable history during Black History Month in three simple ways:

Shop Black-Owned Businesses

Being aware of Detroit’s black-owned small business scene is a great way to keep your dollars local and support entrepreneurs. The list of black-owned businesses in Detroit continues to grow, with many business owners finding ways to open up shop in their own neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a meal to die for, or a new outfit for a special occasion, the following businesses have your back:

Retail Spaces:

Food and Beverage Stops:

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles

Attend Black History Month Community Events

The entire month of February is full of amazing community events revolving around Black History Month. Learn something new and explore the city by checking out programming from some of Detroit’s best community organizations:

Art of Rebellion

Discover Black History for Yourself:

More of the independent type? Detroit’s museums and galleries never disappoint, especially when it comes to their Black History Month exhibits, collections and events. Though Detroit museums and cultural institutions are a staple for any visit to the city, February is one of the best times to give them a peek:

Clearly, there is no shortage of enlightening experiences within the city during Black History Month. Whether you find yourself spending hours in a special exhibit, or eating an afternoon snack at one of city’s many black-owned businesses, experiencing February in Detroit is a truly enriching adventure.

Display of factory workers

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History by Bill Bowen


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Cobo Center
    1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-877-8777Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Detroit is the New Black
    1413 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-818-3498Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Flo Boutique
    404 W. Willis St., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-4901Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Source Booksellers
    4240 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-832-1155Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Eric's I've Been Framed Shop
    16527 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221313-861-9263Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Savvy Chic Trends
    2712 Riopelle St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-8769Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Hot Sam's
    127 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-6779Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Good Cakes and Bakes
    19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221313-468-9915Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Savannah Blue
    1431 Times Square, Detroit, MI 48226313-926-0783Highlight on map | More Details
  10. House of Pure Vin
    1433 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-638-2501Highlight on map | More Details
  11. New Center Eatery
    3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202313-875-0088Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles
    19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221313-861-0229Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Louisiana Creole Gumbo
    2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-567-1200Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Detroit Experience Factory
    440 Burroughs St., Ste. 332, Detroit, MI 48202313-962-4590Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Michigan Science Center
    5020 John R St., Detroit, MI 48202313-577-8400Highlight on map | More Details
  16. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-494-5800Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Detroit Historical Museum
    5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-1805Highlight on map | More Details
  20. The N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
    52 E. Forest Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-831-8700Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Second Baptist Church - Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society
    441 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-0920Highlight on map | More Details