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African American Culture

Historic Sites

Visit the historic sites in the Greater Lansing African American heritage.

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Annual Events

African American celebrations and events happening in Greater Lansing.

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While Black History has traditionally been celebrated during the month of February, in Michigan’s Capital region visitors can find the history and valuable benefactions that African Americans have contributed (and still do) throughout the region each and every day..

Historic Sites of Interest

702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, 48909



Exhibits include audios of favorite Motown songs and the piano from the Michigan School for the Blind on the north side of Lansing where Stevie Wonder attended school.

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1029 W. Barnes Ave., Lansing 48910



This charter school opened in 1995 as a charter school patterning its curriculum after the teachings of civil rights leader Malcolm X who spent much of his youth in Lansing. The school closed in 2019.

301 N. Butler St., Lansing



Founded in 1945, the original purpose of the Clubhouse was to provide a designated meeting place for all minority women and to cultivate peace, harmony, and happiness among citizens irrespective of race, color or creed such that all people may enjoy a higher standard of living for peace and contentment.

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100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing



There are many portraits that hang within the State Capitol Building. One of the most asked about is the portrait of William Webb Ferguson, Michigan’s first African American legislator. His portrait hangs outside the Old Supreme Courtroom where he won a historic case against racial segregation in 1890. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1892, Ferguson authored legislation prohibiting discrimination in the life insurance industry, and a bill providing pensions to Detroit firefighters and their families.

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One of so many local artists, Brian Whitfield’s energetic, vibrant work can be found in the Lansing Art Gallery and other traditional spaces, but also in large mural sized spaces throughout Lansing. His “Under the Bridge” is located where US 127 bridges Michigan Avenue and shoppers to Capital City Market in downtown Lansing can enjoy his beautiful art when entering from the parking lot.

Annual Celebrations

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Support Local Businesses

Member Owned Black Businesses

517 BBQ

We're dedicated to making the best BBQ and smoked meats we can for the 517 area and beyond. DELIVERY You can order your favorite…

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Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments, a family-owned and world-renowned music store in Lansing's historic Old Town, specializes in stringed and…

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FieldHouse

FieldHouse is the perfect place for you and your friends to gather and watch a game, drink beer, listen to a DJ spin your favorite…

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Lansing Pharaohs

The Lansing Pharaohs are a professional basketball organization, based in Lansing, Michigan, in affiliation with The Basketball…

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Moneyball Sportswear

Desmond Ferguson has always had a passion for sports, especially the game of basketball. The name Moneyball was given to Ferguson…

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Sweet Encounter Bakery Cafe

Sweet Encounter is a gourmet bakery & café specializing in scrumptious, made from scratch gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free…

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Wing Heaven Sports Haven

Welcome to Lansing's first and only sober sports bar! This fun sports bar atmosphere features all the amenities of a traditional…

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Check out this comprehensive list of black and minority-owned businesses in Greater Lansing. 

Historical Timeline

Lansing’s African American heritage is as old as the city itself. Lansing’s first black resident, James Little was a freed slave from New York and settled a small farm in nearby Eaton County in 1847.  Some 20 years later he moved closer to Lansing and was extremely active in his church and other community activities and became a beloved citizen.

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