It’s that time again. Black History Month and in true Beautifully Misunderstood style, I’m going to highlight a few things going on in & around Detroit. Due to the fact that I’m a football fan and more importantly a Baltimore Ravens fan, the suggestions begin after the Super Bowl. Lol
February 4, 2013 Courage. Free entry at the Henry Ford Museum for a National Day of Courage, marking Rosa Parks’s 100th birthday. Have your photo taken on the Rosa Parks Bus. Remarks by Julian Bond, American civil rights leader, and Eleanor Clift, political reporter. It’s FREE. 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn.
February 24, Fresco. African-American Muralist Hubert Massey demonstrates his fresco technique. Free with museum admission. Noon-4p.m. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Now if nothing else moves you these two are FREE and happening in familiar locations to all in the area and great for family entertainment.
February 16, W.E.B. Film. “W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices” explores the historian, scholar and activist. $8. 3 p.m. Charles H. Wright Museum of African History, General Motors Theater, 315 E. Warren Ave.
February 8, Black Women Rock. Celebrating vocalists, musicians and visual artists, BWR was founded by jessica Care moore as a tribute to rocker Betty Davis. Free with museum admission. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Detroit Institute of Arts, Rivera Court 5200 Woodward.
The upgraded section is for the die-hard Detroit Lovers. Music runs through our souls and veins and these artist have definitely left a groove on our hearts. Both gone too soon yet music to share and experience through all eternity.
February 9, Dilla Day. Talib Kweli, Royce da 5’9″, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Frank N Dank, Illa J., B. Williams Experiment, DJ Sicari, DJ House Shoes and DJ Spinna perform to honor late hip-hop producer, J. Dilla. $63. 8 p.m. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., 313-961-5451 or LiveNation.com. Shoutout to AllHipHop.com.
February 12, The story of Marvin Gaye’s shooting unfolds in sister Zeola Gaye’s stage play, “My Brother Marvin.” Stars Lynn Whitfield, Clifton Powell, Tony Grant and Keith Washington. $40. Through Sunday, February 17. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.
These are just a few recommendations for you and your family during the month they designated to honor the contributions of Black people in history. What I aimed to do was give one event motivated by the past and a historian more recent and engaging to the younger population. Mix it up how you see fit for you. As I look at the list, you could pick an event for each week. If by chance you have knowledge and information on other events that the public can become involved in, please add the information in your comments. As always 🙂 we’re making history daily.