Visit the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives to explore a treasure trove of material honoring the lives, history, culture and art of local African Americans.
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.
Engage Grand Rapids Running Tours for an African American History on the Grand experience – you’ll burn calories while you learn about the local African American population from 1826 to present.
Join the Black History Walking Tour of downtown Grand Rapids, starting at noon at Rosa Parks Circle on Feb. 1, 8 & 15.
Drop by the Grand Rapids Public Library for information and entertainment:
Attend the 13th Annual Grand Rapids Legacy Luncheon, a celebration of African American scholarships and funding for local nonprofits. Feb. 25.
See Hamilton, the smash-hit Broadway musical that interprets the founding of our country through an African American musical idiom. Jan. 21-Feb. 9.
Visit Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to explore The Continual Struggle, an exhibit depicting the pain, sacrifice and emotion of those who fought for freedom during the civil rights movement. Starts Feb. 20.
Visit the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts to see Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism, an interdisciplinary art exhibition exploring the integration of Black feminist and Afrofuturist ideas. Starts Feb. 21.
Laugh yourself silly at Comedy Night featuring nationally acclaimed comedian Michael Jr. – it’s a family-friendly benefit for New Creations Prison Ministries. Feb. 1.
Treat your ears to a mix of gospel, contemporary, spirituals, anthems, jazz and other music genres at Praize Night featuring the Calvin College Gospel Choir. Feb. 15.
Head to Creston Brewery for Back in Black: A Black History Month Celebration, a fantabulous drag-show benefit for Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center, which serves the needs of at-risk LBGTQ youth. Feb. 22.
Attend Staff Notes GR: Black History Concert to hear 20 voices lifted in a song at downtown’s intimate new Listening Room venue. Feb. 25
Join the Grand Rapids Symphony and special guest jazz trumpet great Terence Blanchard for Symphony with Soul, an annual celebration of African American musical expression. Feb. 29.
Check out these African American performers at area nightclubs:
Treat yourself to delectable delights at these African American-owned and influenced eateries:
Celebrating Grand Rapids means celebrating the people, traditions, cultures, and of course, food! This post was initially published in 2018 commemorating Black History Month. We've updated this list…Learn More ›