By Chase Hunt
Black History Month honors the struggles, the history, the music and much more of African-Americans who took strides to not only reshape the future, but also bring us entertainment that has lasted generations. During the month of February, join in on understanding truths, revisiting the civil rights movement and the music of Motown in Detroit.
The Black History Ball
The Student Center At Wayne State University
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Being held on the second floor in the ballroom of The Student Center on Feb. 25, 2018 beginning at 4 p.m., The Black History Ball brings together a multitude of professionals to discuss the history of African-Americans – both what has been learned as true and false. Professionals come from various walks of life including law, education, community organizers, art and much more. This is a place for professionals and students to network and connect especially for those looking to help shape the future. It is asked that all attending wear black. For additional information, contact Jasmine Brockman at the phone number above or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henry Ford Museum Of American Innovation
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
The Black History Month Celebration at The Henry Ford Museum takes place on Feb. 14 through Feb. 18 and then again from Feb. 21 through Feb. 25 and explores not only the courageous figures from the past but also the beginnings of jazz music, civil rights movements as well the presidency of President Barack Obama as the first African-American leader of the United States. During these dates, the museum will cover figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders through a dramatic performance (“Minds of Freedom”) and northern migration as well. One figure the museum will the story of is Elijah McCoy, the child of fugitive slaves who escaped through the Underground Railroad. McCoy is responsible for 57 original patents. General admission for non-members is $23.
Nicknamed “Hitsville U.S.A.,” the original headquarters of Motown and home of founder Berry Gordy, the Motown Museum (first founded as a museum in 1985) commemorates the greats in music such as Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, The Supremes and so many more. At the museum, visitors will discover how it all started with a mere $800 loan from his family. In 2016, the museum announced…