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Honor African American culture, achievements with these Black History Month events in Jackson

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JACKSON COUNTY, MI — In-person and virtual events honoring Black History Month are coming up in the Jackson area.

Black History Month is celebrated nationally in February each year. Here are some activities scheduled to take place in Jackson County to honor the culture, arts, achievements and history of African Americans.

Black History Month Small Business Brunch and Pop Up

Many Hands Community Services, a nonprofit established in 2019, is hosting a small business brunch and pop-up shop Saturday, Feb. 12, at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center: 128 W. Ganson St.

The event gives small business owners a chance to network over brunch from 10-11:30 am Vendor stands are open from noon-5 pm to give the public an opportunity to shop and support more than 50 small, locally owned businesses in Jackson County.

Those interested in being a vendor at the event can visit here to register. For more information, visit the Many Hands Community Services website.

2022 Black Excellence Community Awards

Robert and Yvette Wilkie, owners of RJ’s Heavenly Delights, are hosts of the second Black Excellence Community Awards Banquet and GALA to honor the life changers, leaders and trailblazers of Jackson’s community.

The formal, in-person event from 6-10 pm Saturday, Feb. 19, is at Keeley Park/Jackson County Fairgrounds 128 W. Ganson St. The event features keynote speaker, Patrice Washington, Success Magazine’s 2020 one of 12 Inspiring Black Voices in personal development.

Formal attire is required. General tickets are on sale for $100 per person. Bronze-gold sponsor prices vary. To purchase tickets, visit here.

Jackson District Library

During the month of February, Jackson District Library is celebrating African American superheroes during Black History Month.

The Carnegie Branch, 244 W. Michigan Ave., is hosting a Black Superhero Party from noon-2 pm Saturday, Feb. 26. The party will consist of crafts, snacks and a superhero scavenger hunt. A showcase of African American superheroes that can be found in books, movies and real life is on display at the library the whole month of February.

The Jackson District Library’s 13 locations are all implementing a Logo Hunt in February for Black History Month. Guests are encouraged to collect all superhero logos and check out displays with books, graphic novels, movies and more, starring each superhero.

Masks are encouraged but not required to enter the libraries.

For library locations and operating times, visit here.

Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St., is featuring exhibits and Hurst Planetarium shows in February in celebration of Black History Month. The museum is open from 10 am-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday and noon-5 pm Sunday.

The “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” exhibit explores how visual culture played a part in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from late 1940 to mid-1970s.

A Black History Month pop-up exhibit also is available throughout the month More information on the exhibit will be available at a later date. For updates, visit here.

The Hurst Planetarium will feature shows based on African American astronauts, astrologists and more on Saturdays throughout Black History Month.

Gallery admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Museum members and children younger than 5 can explore the museum for free. Tickets for planetarium shows are $6 per adult, $4 per child, $4 for members and free for children younger than 5.

For additional information, visit the Ella Sharp Museum’s website.

Did we miss something?

If you have information on a Black History Month event in Jackson or the surrounding area that we have missed and would like to have added to the list, email MLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot at [email protected]

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