African American Culture
Minor League Baseball Announces “The Nine,” a New Initiative to Celebrate, Engage and Welcome Black Fans
The "The Nine" is a new, Black-community focused outreach platform designed to honor and celebrate the impact of numerous Black…
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..
1134-1136 Shepard St., Lansing 48912 (Indoors)
An extensive collection of pictures, artifacts, printed material and displays which examines the African presence in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Call ahead for tour reservations.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
Check out this comprehensive list of black and minority-owned businesses in Greater Lansing.
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.Learn More