5 Local Events for Black History Month

A Photo of a graphic for Toni Morrison.

Opening Ceremony of Black History Month

Monday, Feb. 5. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The University of Michigan is kicking off Black History Month with an Opening ceremony at the Michigan Union. Jazz music, oral histories and dance will all be featured. Opening statements will be made by Deidre Smith, a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.

The Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom. 530 S State St, Ann Arbor.

“The League” Film Screening

Wednesday, Feb. 7. 1-3 p.m.

This film depicts the historical trials and tribulations of the Negro League. The film included previously archival footage as well as first-hand accounts from legendary players.

Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library, Multipurpose Room. 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. 

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” Film Screening

Saturday, Feb. 10. 6-7:45 p.m.

In this film, author Toni Morrison presents a collection of her friends, critics and fellow professionals in an investigation of race, the past and being human.

Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room. 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. 

Black History Month Celebration Concert

Friday, Feb. 16. 6:30-8 p.m.

African American composers will be featured in this collaboration and celebration concert. Composers featured include Nathaniel Ott and Adolphus Hailstork.  This collaboration with the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor and its conductor, Bryan James, is presented by Benjamin Gaughran and the Chancel Choir.

The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 East William St., Ann Arbor.

Black History Month Exhibition at the Riverside Arts Center

Through Feb. 23

This exhibit is hosted by the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and is the second year it is being held.  Other related events include artist discussions, local history talks and a youth evening.

Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron St., Ypsilanti.

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Donna Marie Iadipaolo is a writer, journalist, and State of Michigan certified teacher, since 1990. She has written for national publications like The Village Voice, Ear Magazine of New Music, Insurance & Technology, and TheStreet.
She is now writing locally for many publications, including Current Magazine, Ann Arbor Family, and the Ann Arbor Independent. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she graduated with an honors bachelor’s degree and three teacher certificate majors: mathematics, social sciences, English. She also earned three graduate degrees in Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Education Specialist Degree.