Black History Month has been a holiday in the United States since 1926, and originally started off as a week-long event (Negro History Week). Now the year is 2011, and what was once a week-long holiday is now a month long. Find out what you can do to celebrate here in Detroit! There are plenty of ways to celebrate a unique time of year like Black History Month, and CW50 Detroit is here to show you just how to get involved in supporting this historical holiday.

If you’re into learning African American history, you could always visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History with family and friends. The museum is located on East Warren Avenue in Detroit and is the largest exhibit for African American culture. The museum has been around since 1985 and has been a huge inspiration to the African American community ever since. Groundbreaking exhibits like: “The Test” (Story of the Tuskegee Airmen) and many more exciting exhibits are on display for the world to see.

Detroit is full of things to do during a time like Black History Month…like celebrating at the Detroit Institute of Arts! Join the Detroit Institute of Arts for breakfast, painting, and jazz musician Carmen Lundy will even be performing on February 11th. There will also be a lot more going on during February at the Detroit Institute of Arts…like brunch and various concerts – for example, pianist Jade Simmons will grace everyone with a live performance.

Try celebrating Black History Month with the kids at the Detroit Zoo!
You can look forward to arts & crafts, a dance performance, and how could I forget their African animal enrichment that I can only describe as exciting! Sunday, February 13th, from 11AM – 3PM, get ready to dance because you’ll be treated to an African drum lesson that you’re sure to remember for the rest of your life.

Black History month could be acknowledged each and every day, even after February! There are tons of things to in Detroit all throughout February, so don’t let the shortest month of the year pass you by.