2022 Black History Month

Now through Feb. 26:
Hope BHM posterBlack History Month: Honoring Experience from Past and Present
Hope College/Kruizenga Art Museum, 271 Columbia Ave.

Artworks commemorating Black leaders and heroes "who worked to break barriers, challenge the status quo, and bring forth societal reformation." A collaboration of the Hope College Black Student Union and Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM). 

Tuesdays, Feb 1, 8, and 15
Black History Month Documentary Film Series
First United Methodist Church of Holland, 57 West 10th St; also online. Registration required--see below.

images (1)Tues, Feb 1, 7 pm: "Run For His Life"
View film online or at the church. Please register at this link.   To view a trailer of the film, click here. 

Pete Monsato vividly remembers when he was just six years old and law enforcement burst into his home in the middle of the night and took his father away: he was later convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life without parole  For 32 years, Pete and his father have worked to maintain a long-distance relationship, mostly by weekly phone conversations. Pete Sr. is now 69, and since his incarceration he has maintained a disciplined routine, keeping mind and body strong while running in the prison yard. Trying to be a positive force in his son’s life in spite of his criminal past and its consequences. Pete is now the same age his father was when he was sent away. Inspired by his father’s strength and resilience, Pete will run the 2018 NYC marathon. 

download (2)Tues, Feb 8, 7 pm: "Descended From the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street."
Please register at this link. To view a trailer of the movie, click here.

In 1921, North Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the most prosperous Black community in America, was set ablaze, bombed, and looted during a racially motivated violent attack. Businesses, homes, and lives were lost, and Black Wall Street, as it was known, has never reclaimed its former glory. The Tulsa Race Massacre was only the first in a line of repeated targeted attacks on the progress of the Greenwood District and its residents.

Through the lens of Black Wall Street descendants Byron Crenshaw, Jacqueline Blocker, and Michelle Blocker, we draw a century-long thread from the Tulsa Race Massacre to the present, exploring the lingering economic, psychological, and emotional impacts that have undermined the rebuilding of the once-thriving community.

At the end of the film, Jacqueline Blocker and her sister Michelle, two of the descendants of Black Wall Street featured in the film, will be joining us for a short Question and Answer Discussion.  

Milaukee 53206Tues, Feb 15, 7 pm: "Milwaukee 53206: A Community Serves Time." Please click here to register. To view a trailer of the film, click here.

Milwaukee 53206 chronicles the lives of those living in the ZIP code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America, up to 62%. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll mass incarceration takes on individuals and families that make up the community. The film not only examines Milwaukee’s ZIP code 53206 but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration. 

download (1)Wed, Feb 2, 7 pm to 9:30 pm: 
Black History Month Film and Panel: Documentary "Coded Bias"
Hope College/Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 East 8th St.

Coded Bias focuses on "facial-recognition algorithms that see dark-skinned faces and women inaccurately." Hope faculty panelists will give their reactions to the film and their perspective from their fields of study. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Department of Computer Science; Black Student Union; Women's and Gender Studies Program; and Office of Sustainability. Free, open to the public. Masks required. 

BooksAndAuthorsEventPage-01Feb 14, 6:30-7:30
Olaudah Equiano and 18th Century Anti-Racism
Herrick District Library

Olaudah Equiano was an 18th century slave turned abolitionist. Join us for a presentation on his life and legacy by Dr. Eric Washington, professor of history and director of the African & African Diaspora Program at Calvin University. Dr. Washington's research interests include the intersection of history and literature, and he has presented papers on history engagement in the work of Nigerian novelists Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie. This event was previously advertised under the title "Engaging with African History." It has been rescheduled from Feb. 26.

Black-Inventors_web-feature-image_700x400-2a-958x547Sat Feb 19, 1-3 pm
Extraordinary Black Inventors
Family STEAM program, 
Holland Museum

Celebrate Black History Month with the Holland Museum! Hear the story, “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today,” and learn about famous inventors whose creations changed our world. Explore the Spark!Lab Smithsonian to learn about the process of invention through hands-on activities and crafts and participate in a family scavenger hunt to see how many inventions by black inventors you can find around the Museum!

This program is included with Museum admission. Masks are required to keep all visitors, staff, and volunteers safe. 

Adults: $7.00
Seniors: $6.00
Students: $4.00
Children 5 and under are free


Know of an event to add to this list?  Contact us at hrc@cityofholland.com