African American
History Month
Black History Storyteller Series
Join us for an interactive African Folklore series, that will explore the meaning of folktales and how it relates to lives in America now.
All Ages
Saturdays in February, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • February 1: Turtle and Lizard and a Bag of Salt
  • February 8: One Cowry Shell
  • February 15: Ananse the Spider

Adult Book Discussion

Saturday, February 8, 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Let's Celebrate Black History Month by reading "Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson.
En Pointe-Black Ballerina Painting

Saturday, February 8, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
In honor of Black History Month we will be painting a black ballerina silhouette while exploring and examining the history of African American ballerinas. Open to 15 students please call to Register.

African American Collage Inspired by Harlem Renaissance Artists

Saturday, February 8, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Learn about African American Master Artists during the Harlem Renaissance while enjoying a guided hands on art experience using collage techniques with Equilla Marie Creative.

Dark Girls Screening and Discussion

Saturday, February 15, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
"Dark Girls" is a controversial documentary that explores the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. Join us for a viewing and uplifting discussion surrounding colorism today.
Teens/Young Adults & Adults
African-American History Program:
Stories and Crafts

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Enjoy listening to and participating in stories from different African countries, including crafts with storyteller Gwen Lewis.

Oratorical Contest: 42nd Annual Albert H. Mallory Essay and Oratorical Contest

Saturday, February 15, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Friends of Duffield and The Duffield Library host. Detroit Youth grades 3-12 write a 200-word essay which is read as part of the contest. This Year's Theme: Famous Black Journalists
All Ages

Healing Detroit: African American Hospitals

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Detroit was once known as the "Black Hospital Capital of America." Come learn about the history of Detroit's African-American hospitals presented by Dr. Anita Moncrease.
The Fight for Freedom: Black Women Abolitionists

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth are the names you know. Learn about some of the unknown Black women that were involved in the Anti-Slavery movement, in Michigan and across the country.
All Ages

Paint Party for Kids!- A Black History Month Event at "The Park"

Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Paint Party instructor Candace Dove will walk you through each step as you create your masterpiece paintings. Have fun and paint! Must be registered to attend.
Children/Family & Teens/Young Adults

Harlem Renaissance Artists:
Create Collage Art Inspired by Harlem Renaissance Artists

Saturday, February 8, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Learn about African American Master Artists during the Harlem Renaissance while enjoying a guided hands on art experience using collage techniques.
Children/Family & Teens/Young Adults

Historical Quilt Craft:
Underground Railroad
Quilt Guide Craft

Saturday, February 1, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
The Underground Railroad is an important part of African American history. Come and learn the significance of the Quilt and the journey on the Underground Railroad.

African American Art:
In Our Own Voice

Saturday, February 15, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon with a presenter from the Detroit Institute of Arts and enhance your awareness of the creative contributions of African Americans from the 19th century through the present.
All Ages
African American Genealogy

Sunday, February 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using Ancestry Library
Wednesday, February 5, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using Ancestry Library
Sunday, February 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using My Heritage
Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using My Heritage
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using Family Search
Wednesday, February 19, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • African American Genealogy Using Family Search

Detroit's Black Bottom Neighborhood: Kicking off Black History Month with Jamon Jordan

Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Please join historian and educator Jamon Jordan for a discussion of Black Bottom, the historic African American neighborhood that was destroyed by federal, state, and local policymakers.
All Ages

Hackley Collection Open House

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tour the E. Azalia Hackley Collection Reading Room and view historical memorabilia on the history of African-Americans in the Performing Arts.
All Ages
Sankofa: Spirituality and Culture

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
In celebration of African American History Month, learn about the ancient African concept of Sankofa and gain an understanding of how wisdom from the past can be relevant to us in the present.

Dr. Joseph Ferguson: Detroit’s First Medical Doctor

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Dr. Ferguson was active in his community, practicing medicine in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, a conductor in the Underground Railroad, and a petitioner to the Detroit School Board to integrate the schools. More, Dr. Joseph Ferguson was the first African-American in Detroit and in Michigan to earn a medical degree.

The Story Within the Story: African Americans in the Great Migration

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Join educator Mary Grant of Detroit Association of Black Storytellers for a discussion about the Great Migration of African Americans. We will then pair and share our own Great Migration stories.

Black Classicism: Panel Presentation on Black Classics

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
To mark Black History Month and the release of "Classicisms and the Black Atlantic", a presentation of lectures by Ian Moyer, Heidi E. Morse, Michele Ronnick, and Patrice D. Rankine.
Black History Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, February 8, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Learn about Black history by finding interesting facts throughout the library to earn a prize.
All Ages

African American Film Festival

Saturday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22
4:00 - 5:45 pm
Join us for a wonderful series of African American Films, and, a little bit of Black History. We will view the movies Thurgood , 42 , Remember the Titans , and Black Panther . Yes there will be popcorn!
All Ages

The Storytellers: Musical Folktales by Bob & Audrey Allison

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Come enjoy Black History Month with the "Storytellers"
All Ages

Black History DIY Craft: Decorative Drinking Glass
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
All Ages

The Lion King : Black History Month Movie

Tuesday, February 11, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
2019 Lion King movie with Donald Glover, Beyonce, and James Earl Jones.
All Ages

ProjectArt and Black History Month- Great African American Artist

Saturday, February 1, 1, 8, 15 & 29, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Join us each Saturday in February as we highlight a different African American artist. We'll learn about their work and get inspired to create projects of our own influenced by their technique. 
Storytelling with Mame Diarra (Mom Jah - Rah)
Monday, February 3, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Prepare to be mesmerized as we journey with Detroit's own Mame Diarra through history, around the world and back, in a storytelling event for all.
All Ages
I Have a Dream: Celebrate Black History Month

Sunday, February 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Martin Luther King had a dream. What is your dream? Write a poem about it to share with the group.
All Ages
Paradise Boogie- The Past, Present and Future of Detroit Blues
Saturday, February 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
This film shows the influence of Detroit's early blues musicians, the neighborhoods of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley and how it all influenced the music makers of today. Q&A with the creators after.
All Ages
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