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 to do so all over Michigan! Find out when and where in Lansing as you read on:

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 here in Lansing.

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

If you plan to get out to an event for MLK Day, here is a list of options to choose from:

MLK Day Events Happening in and Around Lansing

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 Lansing 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

Black History Month Event- Storyteller Miz Rosie

History comes alive when Rosie Chapman performs as author, actress and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, best known for autobiographical works like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Location: CADL- South Lansing Branch – 3500 South Cedar Street Lansing
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Black History Month Event--Zion Missionary Baptists Puppet Warriors

This church group from Saginaw presents a delightful puppetry presentation spotlighting events in black history.
Location: CADL- Downtown Lansing Branch – 401 South Capitol Avenue Lansing
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm