February is Black History Month and Downtown Grand Rapids presents a variety of events and opportunities to honor this tradition. Below is a roundup of these events in chronological order.

If you know of an event taking place downtown not presented below please drop us a note with the information at info@downtowngr.org. Our goal is to present a comprehensive listing of Black History Month events occurring Downtown.

*Event dates/times subject to change.

Grand Rapids Black History Walking Tours

  • February 7, 20 & 21
    FREE tours begin at Rosa Parks Circle
    135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Black History Month Storytimes

Community Spotlight: A City Within A City Film with Victor Willi

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

  • Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 PM
    Online Webinar | Hosted by the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum via Zoom

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Tom Cutts

Black History Month Exhibits at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

  • February 12 - 16, 2021
    87 Monroe Center St. NW

Ebony Road Players Present 'Anne and Emmett'

Community Spotlight: We Are LIT GR with Kendra McNeil

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Karisa Wilson

Taste of Soul Restaurant Showcase

  • February 21 - 28, 2021
    Show your GRPL library card at participating restaurants between February 21 -28, 2021 to receive $5.00 off

Taste of Soul Sunday: A Moment with Shannon Cohen​ & Family

Taste of Soul Sunday: Serita's Black Rose

Virtual Presentation - "The History of Grand Rapids in Black and Brown: A Conversation”

  • Monday, February 22 at 6:00 PM
    Online Event by the Grand Rapids Public Museum | Free to attend, registration required

Community Spotlight: Luxe Artisan Preserves

A City Within A City: Community Conversation

Music (NOT) in the Stacks: Jordan Hamilton

Black History Month District Digital Market

Support Local Black Businesses