MLK Day Kicks off the Start of Black History Month With Celebration and Hope

Remembering, celebrating, and learning alongside our kids are special and unique opportunities. We get to do this all month long in February during Black History Month – and MLK Day kicks off this reverent time.

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Excitingly, there are many MLK Day and Black History Month events happening in greater  Kalamazoo. Read on to find out when and where:

Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Day is More Than A Day Off in January

I’m sure kids are thrilled to “sleep in” and rest on their day off, (So am I!) But Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day, is first a special day for learning, celebration, and hope for the whole family.

My husband and I look forward to this day each year to pause, remember and learn more about our nation’s history alongside our kids.

Going to a special MLK Day event can be a great way to do this.

One year we traveled to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for their MLK Day Annual Celebration. Some years we’ve stayed home to talk, listen to the kid’s perspectives, and honor the day. While other years we’ve gone to some really cool MLK Day events in town.

I’m thrilled to say that there are several family-friendly MLK Day events happening right here in Kalamazoo.

If you plan to get out to an event for MLK Day, read on for a list of options choose from.

MLK Day Events Happening in and Around Kalamazoo

From libraries and museums to jumping and community centers, there’s an MLK Day event where you can have a blast, learn, or honor:

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Black History Month Honors How Far We’ve Come + Spurs us on in Expectation of Where We’re Going

Though there is still progress to be made, Black History Month is a time for commemorating the ground that’s been covered through the hard work and sacrifice of those who’ve gone before us.

The Song, Dance for the Dead, by Sareem Poems expresses this month of observance so eloquently in its chorus, “dance for those that we’ve lost, dance for those who paid the cost, dance for those who gave their lives, dance until we get it right.”

Here are some events to do just that, “dance” (honor), during the month of February for Black History Month:

Black History Month Events Happening in and Around the Kalamazoo Area

Performances, plays, and engaging events will be happening throughout February. Continue to check back here often as more events will be added throughout the month as they pop up.

Saturday February 22, 2020

AFROFEST: MICHIGAN'S LARGEST AFRO PARTY

We are back again with another installment of AfroFest, the ultimate Black History Month celebration. This event celebrates the beauty and culture of the African American Community through food, laughter and music. At this event, you will have the opportunity to shop with vendors operated by POC and organizations supporting [...]
Location: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – 314 S. Park St. Kalamazoo
Time: 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Tuesday February 25, 2020

National African American Read In 2020: Afrofuturism

Read, listen, and share books that highlight African American contributions to science fiction with special guest readers and presentations.
Location: Kalamazoo Public Library- Alma Powell Branch – 1000 W Paterson St Kalamazoo
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm