Celebrate African-American History Month

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Programs for Every Age

Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this January at one more of these Detroit Public Library programs.


Readings That Matter: Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail

Tuesdays, January, 2, 9, and 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Main Library

Dr. King’s reflections in his “Letter” are as relevant today as they were more than 50 years ago.This reading contains lessons that are universally applicable today, in the US and across the world. Please RSVP at (313) 481-1391. Adults.

I Have a Dream" Craft

Friday, January 12, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Douglass Branch

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and share your dreams with an inspirational craft. Children.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Peace

Saturday, January 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Knapp Branch

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday by creating kindness rocks to spread messages of peace and inspiration. Children.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration

Saturday, January 13, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Conely Branch

Watch the movie The Boy King, decorate a kindness rock, and enjoy cake and punch. Children.


Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and Skin Color with Paint

Saturday, January 13, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

Skillman Branch

To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a peacemaker let’s explore and appreciate skin color. Along with discussions about his life and work, we will enjoy creating our skin color with paint. Children and Teens.


"Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Sunday, January 14, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Main Library - Children's Library

Enjoy the short movie "Martin's Big Words" based on the book by Doreen Rappaport and related activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Children.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Peace Craft

Thursday, January 18, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Parkman Branch

Paint Kindness Rocks to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. All ages.


 The 74th Annual E. Azalia Hackley Collection Concert

“An Evening with Anthony McGlaun” with pianist Dr. Stanley Waldon. Mr. McGlaun specializes in Negro Spirituals and the works of African-American composers.


Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Clara Stanton Jones/Friends Auditorium

Main Library

Limited free parking in Staff lot on Putnam Street

Sponsored by the Detroit Public Library Foundation


African American History Programs for Every Age

Celebrate African American History this February at one of these Detroit Public Library programs.


Research African American Heroes Past & Present

Saturday, February 3, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Skillman Branch

Get a jump start on your African American History assignment while celebrating African American History Month! Children and Teens.


Black History. It's Yours to Write.

Saturday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Edison Branch

This African American History Month, attend a session with veteran author and journalist Desiree Cooper to answer your questions about writing your family stories. Together, learn how to weave your family story and your own journey into a narrative that broadens the canon of the African American experience. Adults and Families.


Let's Hear It Again with Gwen

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Elmwood Park Branch

African American History storytelling for all ages. 


Frederick Douglass and Music

Saturday, February 10, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Skillman Branch

Celebrate Frederick Douglass' birthday with music, photos, cake and fun! Families.


The 2018 Albert H. Mallory Famous Black Hero Oratorical Contest

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Duffield Branch

This year's contest will focus on famous African American educators. Please submit your 200-word essay by February 6. Entry forms available at Duffield Library. Children.


African-American History Month Celebration

Saturday, February 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Conely Branch

Creative Storytelling with Gwendolyn Lewis. Children.

African American History Month Books Into Family Movies Week

February 20 to 22, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Knapp Branch

Tuesday: The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Wednesday: Sounder

Thursday: The Princess and the Frog


Black History Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Parkman Branch

Clues related to important and interesting facts about black history will be hidden within the library. Use the clues to answer all questions to earn a prize. All ages.


African Beadwork

Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.

Bowen Branch

Design a necklace inspired by the beautiful beaded necklaces of the Maasai people of Kenya. Children

Soul Food Feast!

Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Skillman Branch

Do you know what soul food is? Learn the origins of soul food & get a taste! All ages.


African American Quilting in the Detroit Community

Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m.

Duffield Branch

Shirley Phillips-Horne of the Great Lakes African American Quilters' Network will discuss the heritage and history of quilting in the African American community. A few quilts will be on display. Adults.


"Ain't I a Woman?" A Day in the Life of Sojourner Truth

Sunday, February 25, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Redford Branch



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