Southfield Celebrates Black History Month
Southfield Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 2021 lineup for ‘Southfield Celebrates Black History Month’. This month-long celebration to remember the contributions and celebrate the history of African-Americans has evolved to include virtual as well as individual and outdoor programs.
The Walk Through History display will feature informational signs describing some well-known and lesser known influential African Americans throughout Southfield and world history. Walk Through History will be on display along the walking path on the front lawn of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus located at 26000 Evergreen Road from February 1 – March 1.
Black History Month Activity Bags will contain activity sheets, stickers, themed coloring sheets by Naturally ILLustrated, crayons, a bracelet craft and more. Bags can be purchased for $5 each (while supplies last) by calling (248) 796-4620 or going online to https://bit.ly/2MCT6Td. Black History Month Activity Bags are sponsored by National Heritage Academies.
A Black History Month Lunch and Lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 17 and feature former Southfield City Councilperson Barbara Tally, the first African American elected to public office in Southfield, as she presents a virtual lecture at 1 p.m. entitled “Black History to Inspire Us.” The lecture is free and will be presented via the Webex platform; however, participants must register in advance to receive the meeting link information prior to the program. Register for the lecture at https://bit.ly/39pEXBN or by calling the Parks & Recreation Information Desk at (248) 796-4620.
For those looking to enjoy lunch during the lecture, a special Black History Month Drive-thru Lunch from Beans & Cornbread, will be available for $20 for Southfield residents and $25 for non-residents. Each lunch, delivered in their commemorative Shoebox Lunch box, will include baked or fried chicken along with cornbread, sweet potato and greens plus water and sweet treats. Lunches will be ready at 12 p.m. for pick up at the Parks & Recreation Building circle drive on 26000 Evergreen Road. Customers will remain in their vehicle as staff hand out ordered lunches with the meeting link information for Ms. Talley’s lecture at 1 p.m. Lunches must be registered by Friday, February 5 online at https://bit.ly/3acQBzh or by calling the Parks & Recreation Information Desk at (248) 796-4620.
Conversations & Cocktails, taking place Friday, February 19 on the Southfield Parks & Recreation Department’s Facebook page, is a special program acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of African Americans to society and the world with some of metro Detroit’s most notable poets and drummers. Gather at home safely with family and friends, make a cocktail or two, and connect to the Southfield Parks & Recreation Facebook page (@SouthfieldParksandRecreation) at 7:15 p.m. for the show. Conversations & Cocktails, hosted by Ber-Henda Williams, will feature performances by Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. One Single Rose™, Nathan “Drizz” Johnson, Dr. Diane Jackson and drummers Nanou Djiapo.
Moonlight Movie Night will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. This free, drive-in movie set up in the parking lot of the Southfield Parks & Recreation Building at 26000 Evergreen Road will feature the 2019 drama Just Mercy. Sound from the movie will be transmitted through the car via FM radio. This event is limited to 40 cars. Participants must pre-register their car make and model online at https://bit.ly/3r0FMHf or by calling the Parks & Recreation Information Desk at (248) 796-4620. Registrants must provide proof of registration upon entry.
The Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers® are back to close out Southfield Celebrates Black History Month 2021. This year they are taking the show virtual with stories of Pride & Prejudice. The Zoom Webinar event will take place live on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Guests can register for the event online at https://bit.ly/3iY8pSw or by calling the Southfield Parks & Recreation Information Desk at (248) 796-4620. Produced and directed by Satori Shakoor and hosted by Cheryl James, the show will feature true and personal stories told by storytellers Carolyn Carter, Frank Joyce and Ken Coleman along with musical guest Kym Brady, the Urban Violinist. Legacy Dance Studio Tiaras dance group will perform the piece Good Trouble, choregraphed by Christopher Huggins followed by a special after show Q&A with the performers as well as an opportunity to browse the virtual Storytellers Marketplace.
For more information on ‘Southfield Celebrates Black History Month,’ call the Southfield Parks & Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620.