To find out what is happening at each building for African American History Month, click on the links above.
The Art of LittleJohnReception: January 28, 2:00pm.
See the exhibit through February and meet the artist Michael Littlejohn. Hosted by the Flint, Michigan Chapter of the Pierians, Inc.
WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBEJanuary 22 - April 15
This exhibition is a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of African American women. It is an attempt to see, in a new light and in a new way, an incredible group of African American women who are represented in many social and physical manifestations. The subjects come from all walks and stages of life. The black and white photographs of mothers, daughters, artist, professionals, and community activists are done in a style reminiscent of the high glamour photography of the 1920s and 40s Hollywood.
COMMUNITY GALA AT THE FIASaturday, January 21
Q&A with the lecturer and artist Jerry Taliaferro
THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963February 11-26, 2017, 2:00pm & 7:00pm At Elgood Theatre
Tickets $12.00 - $18.00
This historical-fiction novel tells the story of a loving African American family, living in Flint, Michigan 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 entire family travels there together by car, and during their visit, tragic events take place that affect the whole family.
HOLD ON, CHANGE IS COMINGFebruary 16 & 17 2017, 7:00 At FIM MacArthur Recital Hall
A celebration of black history through music, dance and narrative. Additional performances TBD.
FIM MASTER CLASS WITH FSO SOLOIST BRANDIE SUTTONFebruary 23, 2017, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
BCO FUNDRAISING GALA RECEPTIONFebruary 25, 2017, 5:00pm At FIM Atrium
Tickets: Price Varies. Call 810-237-3110
FSO CLASSICAL CONCERTFebruary 25, 2017, 7:30pm At The Whiting
Tickets: $10.00 to $62.00
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL OF FLINT EXHIBIT: SECOND FLOORJanuary 10 - February 22
Discover the impact and history of National Black Greek Letter Organizations.
THE GREATER FLINT AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPORTS HALL OF FAMEFebruary 7, 6:00pm
Join us at the announcement reception to introduce this year's inductees of local sports greats.
JAZZ AND MORE WITH GWEN PENNYMAN-HEMPHILLSaturday, February 18, 6:30pm
Enjoy jazz in the stacks at this free concert with vocalist Gewn Pennyman-Hemphill and band.
SUPER SATURDAY STORY TIME: AFRICAN AMERICAN TALESFebruary 25, 11:00am
Families! Hear Special guest author LaTashia M. Perry read her book Hair Like Mine
"BUILD A BETTER WORLD" FEATURING THE STORYTELLERSSaturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00 PM
Fee for Non-members: Adults $9.00, Seniors (60+) $8.00, Youth age 2-11 $6.00
Fee for Members: Adults $8.00, Seniors (60+) $7.00, Youth age 2-11 $5.00
Advance registration required.
Order online at SloanMuseum.org or call 810-237-3409
"Build A Better World" is a unique program that combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation, and hands-on fun. The Storytellers feature musical instruments from many cultures in the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, North America, Australia, and other countries/continents.
EVERYBODY"S HERO: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORYBy Mad River Theater
Thursday, February 2, 7:00pm
It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America's pastime. There were plenty of good athletes in the Negro Leagues: some maybe even better than Jackie. But when Branch Rickey decided to add a black person the the Brooklyn Dodgers, he knew that individual had to be special. He had to be strong enough to stand up to the teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him and the fans who would send him threats. He had to be able to turn the other cheek, to show that he was the bigger man and to prove that he could be everybody's hero. This play with music by Mad River Theater Works shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson's character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime.