Celebrate Black History Month at the AADL

Celebrate Black History Month at the AADL with events featuring local history, writers, music, film, and more!

The Roots of Hip Hop Music
Saturday, February 22 • 2–3:30pm • Downtown
Join Victoria Shields for a presentation examining the evolution of Hip Hop music from its roots in West Africa to the international music phenomena of the present. Learn about the historical and cultural elements of hip hop, how it has given voices to youth and urban communities, and leave with a list of related book titles for children and young adults.

The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
Sunday, February 23 • 2–3:30pm • Westgate
Join us for this special presentation as Joyce M. Hunter, the Museum’s President/CEO, discusses the new African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and exciting plans for its future.  Information will also be shared about the Grand Opening and how the community can participate in this historical event.

This event is in partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

Author Event | Rochelle Riley: The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery
Thursday, February 27 • 7–8:30pm • Downtown
In a presentation entitled “Slavery didn’t end: Facing the truth in the age of MAGA,” Rochelle Riley, author and former award winning columnist at the Detroit Free Press will discuss her book The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery and how slavery “just changed addresses, moving from plantations into boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, newsrooms, hospitals, neighborhoods and cultural institutions.”