Each February, Grand Rapids celebrates Black History Month with a series of special activities and events exploring the local African American experience. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the ways African Americans have helped shape the past and present of Grand Rapids – and how African American culture is helping move the city forward in exciting new ways.
Visit the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives to explore material honoring the lives, history, culture and art of local African Americans. February programs include the West Michigan Minstrel Show, which examines the “art” of using theatrical makeup to caricaturize and mock black people.
Stroll downtown to see bronze sculptures commemorating former Grand Rapids Mayor Lyman Parks, civil rights icon Rosa Parks and Helen Claytor, the first African American president of both the Grand Rapids YWCA and national YWCA.
Take the Honoring Diversity 5K Running or Walking Tour of downtown Grand Rapids – you’ll learn about the city’s cultural influences while you burn calories.
Check back for the lineup of Black History Month presentations.
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