Black History Month Events in Flint and Genesee County

Flint Institute of Arts (FIA)

The museum is showing three exhibitions during February that connect to Black culture and history. The first exhibit, Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists presents a selection of works on paper by African American artists acquired by the Flint Institute of Arts over the last decade. The second exhibit, Ezra Ube Videoworks: Volume 1 features four video works by artist Ezra Wube, each uniquely referencing time, urban experience, and cross-cultural mobility. Born in Ethiopia, Wube is a mixed media artist that lives and works in New York City. The third exhibit, Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African-American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who was described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.”

Africa American Film Series

Each year, Communities First, Inc. presents the African American Film Series. The last film in the series, Balloon Man, shows on Feb. 9 at the Flint Institute of Arts. After being drafted by the Buffalo Bills, tragedy forces Bill Costen out of his dream. Saying goodbye to a career on the turf, he takes to the air, becoming the first African American Hot-Air Balloon Master Pilot in the world. A panel discussion will be held on Feb. 11 on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC)

Each February, Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) features its African American Artists of Michigan All Media exhibition. The exhibit runs Feb. 10-Mar. 3 with an opening reception at February’s Flint ARTWALK on Feb. 10 from 6-9 p.m. The reception includes music from Phil Young and Friends as well as food and drinks.

The New McCree Theater

4601 Clio Road, Flint

The New McCree Theatre’s mission is to tell the African American story in the African American voice. The local theatre is performing The Soul of Etta James, a musical bio by Charles H. Winfrey, from Feb. 16-Mar. 4.

MW Gallery

The MW Gallery hosts the Mott-Warsh Collection, a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora and others who reflect on it. The gallery hosts guided tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Genesee District Library

While this event occurred on February 4 it is still worth noting.

The GDL  hosted its 22nd Annual Black History Month Brunch virtually on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center in Grand Blanc.

The 2023 honorees included Mr. Norm Bryant, Dr. Shane Jackson. Sgt. Tanya Meeks and Mr. Ronald S. Brown from Flint Odessey House.

Entertainment during the event included keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni, Gwen Pennyman-Hemphill, and the Kuungana Drum and Dance Company.

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