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Southfield Celebrates Black History Month 2022: Remember, Celebrate & Educate!

The City of Southfield is a model of multiculturalism as one of the most diverse, progressive and integrated communities in Michigan and the Midwest. Southfield is proud to be an international city that is home to people from a rich array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, including a large concentration of African Americans.  

One of the City of Southfield’s brand key messages is: A Place for Everyone. It is this belief that our racial and religious diversity is a strength that weaves together the cultural fabric of our community. There truly is A Place for Everyone in the City of Southfield.  All people, from virtually all walks of life, live peacefully together in harmony within our city boundaries.

Since 1976, Black History Month has been nationally recognized each February. From documentary viewings and education programming, to musical and dance performances, there are always a variety of events in the City of Southfield each year to honor and celebrate Black History Month. The City of Southfield annually hosts and sponsors a number of city programs, events and activities to remember the important contributions and celebrate the history of African-Americans. The City of Southfield Parks & Recreation Department, Southfield Public Library and several other city departments and community groups work together to plan and produce a wide range of educational and recreational programs and events that celebrate Black history and culture.


 

Black History Month Kick-off Event
Black History Month Kick-off Event
Saturday, February 5
4-9 p.m.

Southfield Parks & Recreation to host a ‘Southfield Celebrates Black History Month’ Kick-Off Event February 5

Southfield Parks & Recreation will host the ‘Southfield Celebrates Black History Month 2022 Kick-off Event’ on Saturday, February 5 from 4-9 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

This free event (suitable for ages 12 and up) will feature the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a lecture by its founder Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, a Black-owned Business Marketplace and much more, including:

  • Hair wrap tutorial with Love Rose, owner of Wrapped in Love, at 4:30 p.m.;
  • Performances by Impulse Dance Academy, In the Zone Dance Studio (with drummer Marwan Amen-Ra) and Legacy Dance Studio;
  • Spoken Word with Figure Skating in Detroit and The Delta Gems;
  • Presentation by Black History 101 Mobile Museum founder Dr. Khalid el-Hakim at 7 p.m.;
  • The Black-owned Business Marketplace will be open throughout the event for attendees to browse and support black-owned businesses from throughout the metro Detroit area; and
  • DJ DeezyD will provide music throughout the event.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. There is wide range of topics reflected in the rare objects on display including the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, Black leaders/organizations, Civil Rights, Black Power, Sports, and Entertainment. Museum founder Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, who has been called the "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to collect and present these artifacts to the public via a non-traditional museum, will fascinate the audience with his lecture adding a voice and dimension to the pieces on display.

Black History Month Walk Through History
Black History Month Walk Through History
February 1-28

Walk Through History Front Lawn Display and Black History Activity Bags & T-Shirts

The City of Southfield is presenting numerous ‘Southfield Celebrates Black History Month’ programs, events and activities to remember the contributions and celebrate the history of African-Americans. The Walk Through History display featuring informational signs describing some well-known and lesser known influential African Americans throughout Southfield and world history will be on display along the walking path on the front lawn of the Municipal Campus (26000 Evergreen Road) from February 1-28, 2022.

Parks & Recreation will offer Black History Month Activity Bags containing activity sheets, stickers, themed coloring sheets, crayons, crafts and more for $5 each (while supplies last) by calling P&R at (248) 796-4620 or order online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/southfieldparks/. Celebrate Black History Month T-Shirts will also be available in sizes small through 4x for $20 each (while supplies last) at in-person events.

Black History Month Conversations & Cocktails
Black History Month Conversations & Cocktails
Friday, February 12
7 -10 p.m.

Additional P&R Black History Month Events

Southfield’s Black History Month Celebration will continue on Saturday, February 12 from 7-10 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion with Conversations & Cocktails, 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. Conversations & Cocktails will feature Alex Goss & Detroit Soul Rhythm Band performing R&B and Soul music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s as well as spoken word with notable poets Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. One Single Rose® and Bernita Bradley along with singer Anthony P. McGlaun and drummer Marwan Amen-Ra, hosted by Ber-Henda Williams.

There will also be a cash bar and food available for purchase. General Admission tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase at the Parks & Recreation Information Desk located inside the Parks & Recreation Building at 26000 Evergreen Road or online at https://bit.ly/3rtCb6k. This program features limited capacity and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Black History Month Movie Night
Black History Month Movie Night
Friday, February 18
7 -8 p.m.

Black History Month Movie Night, featuring the 2019 documentary The Black Godfather will take place on Friday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion. The film, directed by Reginald Hudlin, follows the life of music executive, entrepreneur and film producer Clarence Avant, as told by those who worked and lived with him. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase from Shelly’s Hot Dog and We Be Poppin Popcorn. This film is rated TV-MA (for disturbing violent images, profanity and brief nudity).

Black History Month The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers
Black History Month The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers
Friday, February 25

The Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers® will return to the Southfield Pavilion to close out Black History Month on Friday, February 25 with a special performance entitled Cancel Culture hosted by Satori Shakoor. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a 45-minute pre-glow meet & greet session with the performers followed by the performance from 7–9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase in person Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Information Desk or online at https://bit.ly/3KvhHCS. Tickets must be purchased in advance due to limited capacity for this performance.

Please note that face masks must be worn at all times while attending all Southfield Celebrates Black History Month indoor programs. All indoor events feature limited capacity and tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, contact Southfield Parks & Recreation at (248) 796-4620.


Southfield Public Library 2022 Black History Month Events & Activities

Southfield Public Library Adult Programming:

  • Book Talk & Signing: The Fight For Full Disclosure, Dr. Stanley Berry. The author (named a Hero of the Frontline by Time magazine in 2020) will sign copies of his novel and make them available for sale on January 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (in-person)
  • Creecy Book Discussion: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho. February 8 at 2:00 (in-person) and 7:00 (virtual)
  • Zoom Book Discussion: Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in American by Michael Eric Dyson. February 16 (virtual)
  • Soul Food Recipes Contest (Month-long)
  • Black History Month Book Chat: Highlighting the poster collection and focusing on 3 people who have been recently added. (virtual)
  • A Black History Month fact of the day will be posted on our website and social media.

Library Youth Programming: 

Mystery of the Month: Celebrating past winners of the Coretta Scott King award. Follow the clues spread around the youth room and to locate these talented authors or their winning titles. Participants who complete the mystery will earn a FREE book. 

The Coretta Scott King award serves to recognize outstanding work by African American authors and illustrators in children and young adult books (Month-long, in-person)

Black Illustrator Read Aloud: In celebration of Black History month, watch each week for a Youth librarian to read a picture book illustrated by or talk to you about a black illustrator of children’s books.  Your librarian will also share with you other books like these that you can find in our library! (Month-long, virtual) 

Southfield Public Library-wide Black History Month Art & Book Displays:

  • Annual Black History posters display throughout the library with a special focus on health care professionals. Virtual tours will also be available throughout the month.
  • Exhibit: Black Dolls Matter (with Zoom program TBD)
  • Exhibit: Telling a People's Story - African American Children's Illustrated Literature, traveling exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum

Library Black History Month Live Music Events:

Jazz & Blues @ Your Library concert featuring Dawn Giblin Trio on Wednesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. (in-person)

Please visit the Southfield Public Library’s social media and website at www.southfieldlibrary.org for more information and updates.


Southfield Public Arts Commission John Osler Black History Month Exhibition

Mayor Ken Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission has arranged for a special local artist display of original works in celebration of African Americans. Twelve original John Osler oil paintings depicting African Americans will be on loan and display in the Southfield City Hall main lobby through July, including a special evening reception on Friday, February 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. 

All of the original works of art will also be offered for sale to the public.