African American Events

World of Winter - Black History Month Tours

Take a stroll through Grand Rapids' Black History with our guide, Caroline Cook, and learn about the people, places, events and stories from 1826 to now.


  • One-hour walking tour around Downtown.
  • No Registration is Required - Just show up.
  • We Walk In All Weather: Rain, shine or snow.

Jazz & Blues - Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr.

Rev Robert B. Jones Sr. is truly a Detroit (and national) musical treasure! He is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, quills and bones, using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots

Hearing the Story with author Jean Alicia Elster

Award-winning author and 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow Jean Alicia Elster will share details of how the oral history tradition within her family formed the backbone of the narrative and plot development of her Ford family historical fiction trilogy volumes Who’s Jim Hines?, The Colored Car and the

Black History Month Open Mic Celebration

Join us in Celebrating Black History Month

 Showcase your talent or enjoy and applaud the creative performances of others! Original spoken word done solo, in duets or trios and more, are welcome and encouraged! Tony Young will be the MC host. Food, vendors, music and more!

 Pre-registration is