Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of Negro History Week, the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Take some time to celebrate the numerous accomplishments and key social and cultural contributions of African Americans by exploring a few of these Greater Lansing attractions and events.

The Library of Michigan is hosting a series of events in February to celebrate African-American culture, cooking, literature, music and history.

The events, which include an Underground Railroad retrospective and speech by a noted African-American author from Michigan State University (MSU), will be held each Wednesday in February as part of the Library of Michigans observation of African-American History Month.

Featured presentations include: David Kirkland, an MSU urban studies professor, will talk about his book, A Search Past Silence: Literacy of Young Black Men From the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, JJ Jacobson will talk about African-American Cookbooks and their role in American culture Underground Railroad researcher and Michigan Freedom Trail Commission founder, Carol Mull, will discuss Michigan as the path to freedom for escaped slaves The RJ Spangler Trio and Jazz Master Larry Smith will accent the month with music The Library of Michigans Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room and all Michigan Collections will remain open

Greater Lansing's informative and socially-conntected publication The Lansing City Pulse has compiled an impressive list of Lansing area Black History Month events. From documentaries and jazz to films and presentations this list of events will keep you busy, and get you informed.

Join the Greater Lansing MLK Commission at the Wharton Center for a special evening of worship and inspiring music. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of recognizing National Black History Month. National Black History Month was recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. It evolved from Negro History Week created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Dr. Woodson was a journalist, author, historian, and the second African American to receive a doctorate degree from Harvard University in 1912.

Numerous events and presentations celebrating Black History Month on the campus of Michigan State University.