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Black History Month in Michigan

All across Michigan there are places where significant moments in Black History occurred.


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February is Black History Month in the United States.  All across Michigan, Black History is just waiting to be discovered.  Here are some significant points of interest:

  • Black History Tour of Downtown Grand Rapids: Lace up your walking shoes and discover some of the historical moments of African American experience and legacy in Grand Rapids.  Download the GR Walks app to discover 11 points of interest across two miles.  The tour is self-guided but interactive and features narration from City Commissioner Joe Jones.
  • Important sites in Greater Lansing: Did you know that Malcom X spent a good portion of his childhood in Lansing?  Did you know that Stevie Wonder attended the Michigan School for the Blind on the north side of Lansing?  Discover these and other important sites.
  • Rosa Parks Bus in Dearborn: In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for failing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man.  Many believe this act sparked the Civil Rights movement.  This same bus can be seen today carefully restored at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.  The Museum is also hosting special exhibits and activities in February and March for Black History Month.
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit is one of the largest collections of African American culture in the world!  The Wright has special events and experiences happening at the museum and online all February long.