February marks National Black History Month in the United States – a month honoring the history and achievements of Black Americans. In Flint & Genesee, there are some longstanding events in the community that locals and visitors can enjoy. Additionally, local institutions are holding events or exhibitions that are themed around the month.
Learn how you can celebrate Black History Month this year in Flint & Genesee.
Flint Institute of Arts
The local fine-arts museum is showing two exhibitions during the month of February that connects to Black culture and history. The first exhibit, Drawing From Life: Ed Watkins, shows the artwork of Flint native Ed Watkins whose pieces are inspired by the distinctive and spiritual nature of his African American experience. The other exhibit, Sons: Seeing The Modern African American Male, features work from artist Jerry Taliaferro and features photographs of African American men from the Flint area.
African American Film Series
Each year, Communities First, Inc. presents the African American Film Series. The last film in the series will show from Feb. 10 until Feb. 13 virtually on the organization’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The film, Black Art: In the Absence of Light, offers an Illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today.
The New McCree Theatre
The New McCree Theatre, whose mission is to tell the African American story in the African American voice, is performing The Amen Corner by James Baldwin Feb. 17 – Mar. 5. The play is the story of a black woman pastor of a storefront Harlem church whose religious certainty seeds trouble in the congregation and with her own son. The play mimes Baldwin’s early life, which was dominated by a strict stepfather pastor and marked by his own teenage years in the pulpit.
Flint Symphony Orchestra
The local orchestra is hosting the Black Classical Origins Program: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Feb. 26. The program will remember and reflect on the brilliant stylings of the First Lady of Song. The concert will feature Grammy award-winning artist Patti Austin.
Greater Flint Arts Council
The local art collaborative presents African American Artists of Michigan All Media Exhibition from Feb. 11 - Mar. 4 with an opening reception at the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Feb. 11.
The MW Gallery hosts the Mott-Warsh Collection, a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora and others who reflect on it. The gallery will reopen with a new exhibition on February 11.
Genesee District Library
The GDL will host its 21st Annual Black History Month Brunch virtually on February 24 on ABC12. The program will feature our four honorees: Ms. April Cook-Hawkins, Ms. Danielle Green, Ms. Lisa Horne, and the Sarvis Park Organization with Dr. Ladel Lewis.