There’s no shortage of events celebrating Black History Month in Flint.
At TheHUB Flint we want to give you a quick look at events you can attend to learn more about the achievements by black Americans and recognize their role in U.S. history.
- Feb. 7 – Documentary: Through a Lens Darkly, Flint Institute of Arts, Isabel Hall, 12:15-2:15 p.m. The documentary is inspired by Deborah Willis’ book “Reflections in Black,” and is the first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers. You’ll see images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.
- Feb. 8 – Movie: Soul Power, Flint Public Library, 4 p.m. This rockumentary is about the three-day soul music concert in Zaire preceding 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. It features James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners and others.
Feb. 8 – Step, Flint Institute of Arts, 7 p.m. The movie that documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. For more information click here.
- Feb. 10 – Meet the Authors at Flint Public Library, 1 p.m. Authors Teresa L. Baker and Lydia L. Miles will read their book, “Josie’s Bedazzled Shoes” at Children’s Storytime 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Feb. 11-26 – The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elgood Theatre, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This historical-fiction novel tells the story of an African American family living in Flint in 1963. When the oldest son begins to get into a bit of trouble, the parents decide he should spend the summer and possibly the next school year with Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama. The family travels there together by car, and during their visit, tragic events take place that affect the whole family. A Flint Youth Theatre event. Tickets $12.00 – $18.00. For more information click here.
- Feb. 15 – Movie: Tupac Vs., Flint Public Library, 4 p.m. This hip hop documentary features an in-depth, never before seen 1995 interview with the artist, rare footage and stills.
- Feb. 16, 17 – Ahkeem, Flint Institute of Arts, 7:30 p.m. This movie is part documentary, part coming-of-age and illuminates the challenges faced by many African American youths. For more information click here.
- Feb. 16 & 17 – Hold On, Change Is Coming, FIM MacArthur Recital Hall, 7 p.m. A celebration of black history through music, dance and narrative. Additional performances to be announced. A Flint School of Performing Arts event.
- Through Feb. 17 – This Us: The Art of Four African American Women, Flint Public Library, Reading Room. Discover the works of local artists Carla Harden, Janice Harden, Marcia Watkins and Edith Withey. Presented by The Flint Chapter of The Pierians Inc. Click here to find out more.
- Feb. 17 – Black Classical Origins Annual Scholarship Gala, Flint Institute of Arts, 5 p.m. There will be food, fellowship, and entertainment featuring the Flint Jubilee Chorale. You can go on to The Whiting and hear the Flint Symphony Orchestra including flautist, Amy Porter. Enjoy music from African American composers Scott Joplin and William Grant Still along with composers Aaron Copland and Michael Daugherty. For more information about Black Classical Origins or the FSO, visit thefso.org/bcogala.
- Feb. 17 – Hidden Colors Marathon, McCree Theatre, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. This is an all-day presentation of the complete documentary series directed by Tariq Nasheed. A total of eight hours and 20 minutes of viewing time with a ten-minute discussion period following each film. For more information click here.
- Feb. 21 – Double Feature: The Call of the Jitterbug, The Life & Art of William H. Johnson, Flint Institute of Arts, 12:15-2:15 p.m. The jitterbug was the first art form to break the color barrier. Dancing the Jitterbug brought blacks and whites together in a time when integration was still far off. There will be interviews with musicians and dancers and vintage footage.
- Feb. 21 – X: A Novel by lyasah Shabazz, Flint Public Library, noon. The book was co-written by Malcolm X’s daughter and follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world. Fiction Only Book Club.
- Feb. 22 – Movie: Afro-Punk at Flint Public Library, 4 p.m. This rockumentary focuses on the lives of four African Americans dedicated to the punk rock lifestyle during a time when the punk scene was overwhelmingly white in the U.S. and abroad.
- Feb. 22 – Two One-Act Plays by Douglas Turner Ward, McCree Theatre. These satirical, award-winning one-act plays “Happy Ending” and “Day of Absence” offer a compare-and-contrast journey to the past. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thenewmccreetheatre.com.
- Feb. 24 – Saturday After Hours Concert, Flint Public Library, 6:30 p.m. High Definition presents “Let the Story be Told … The Evolution of Music in African American History and Culture.” Discover music from four different eras with guest artists joining the band.
- Feb. 27 – Freedom Riders, The Whiting, 7:30 p.m. This play features original songs and music and demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically, how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.thewhiting.com.
- Feb. 28 – Independent Lens: More than a Month, Flint Institute of Arts, 12:15 p.m. Young, African American filmmaker, Shurkee Hassan Tilghman, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.
- Now through March 31 – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, Flint Institute of Arts. This exhibition showcases a form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Established on a former sugar plantation in 1999, Ubuhle began as a way to create employment for rural women, using traditional skills like beadwork, and making them profitable. The artwork provides an emotional, as well as artistic outlet for a community impacted by HIV/AIDS and low employment, and serves as a pathway for
the financial independence of the artists.
- Feb. 10- 25 – Akeelah and the Bee, Flint Youth Theatre. This powerful story focuses on a young girl with a passion for words who is overwhelmed by the challenge of daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. But after earning a spot in the National Spelling Bee, Akeelah inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thefyt.org.
- Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. ASL Interpreted
- Friday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.
- Through May 27 – An Equal Opportunity Lie, Sloan Museum. Named after the statement Flint Mayor Floyd McCree stated when he resigned from his appointed position in protest. The exhibit features objects and images from Sloan Museum’s collection and examines the housing segregation that characterized Flint’s residential development. For more information click here.