Honor African American Culture, Achievements With These Black History Month Events In Jackson

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JACKSON COUNTY, MI — In-person and virtual events honoring Black History Month are coming to the Jackson area.

Black History Month is celebrated nationwide in February each year. Here are some activities planned in Jackson County to honor African American culture, arts, achievement and history.

Black History Month Small Business Brunch and Pop-up

Many Hands Community Services, a nonprofit established in 2019, is hosting a brunch and pop-up shop for small businesses on Saturday, February 12 at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center: 128 W. Ganson St.

The event gives small business owners a chance to network over brunch from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Vendor booths are open from noon to 5 p.m. to give the public the opportunity to shop and support more of 50 local small businesses in Jackson County.

Those interested in being a vendor at the event can visit here to register. For more information, visit the Many Hands Community Services website.

2022 Black Community of Excellence Award

Robert and Yvette Wilkie, owners of RJ’s Heavenly Delights, are hosting the second Black Excellence Community Awards Banquet and Gala to honor Jackson’s community life changers, leaders and trailblazers.

The official in-person event from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 will be at Keeley Park/Jackson County Fairgrounds 128 W. Ganson St. in Personal Development.

Formal attire is required. General tickets are on sale for $100 per person. Prices for bronze-gold sponsors vary. To buy tickets, go here.

Jackson District Library

During the month of February, the Jackson District Library celebrates African American superheroes during Black History Month.

The Carnegie branch, 244 W. Michigan Ave., is hosting a Black Superhero Party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 26. The party will include crafts, snacks and a superhero scavenger hunt. A showcase of African American superheroes found in books, movies, and real life is on display at the library throughout February.

The 13 Jackson District Library locations are all implementing a logo hunt in February for Black History Month. Guests are encouraged to collect all the superhero logos and check out the displays with books, graphic novels, movies and more featuring each superhero.

Masks are encouraged but not required to enter libraries.

For library locations and opening hours, visit here.

Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St., presents exhibits and performances from the Hurst Planetarium in February to celebrate Black History Month. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The exhibit “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” explores how visual culture played a role in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in late-1940s America. 1940s to mid 1970s.

A Black History Month pop-up exhibit is also available throughout the month. More information about the exhibition will be available at a later date. For updates, go here.

The Hurst Planetarium will feature shows based on astronauts, astrologers and more African Americans on Saturdays during Black History Month.

Admission to the gallery is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Museum members and children under 5 can explore the museum for free. Tickets for planetarium shows are $6 per adult, $4 per child, $4 for members, and free for children under 5.

For more information, visit the Ella Sharp Museum website.

Did we miss something?

If you have information about a Black History Month event in or around Jackson that we missed and would like to add to the list, email MLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot at [email protected] .com.

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