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The Spoken Art @ Kerrytown Concert House

The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County invites the community to hear from gifted young artists who use words to express thoughts and understandings from their unique perspective.

Sunday, October 30, 2022, 4-6 pm  The mic opens at 4:30
Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N. 4th Avenue - Ann Arbor, MI
Tickets $5/person at the door    For more information call/text Deborah at 734-819-8182

Artists and Guests are encouraged to register for this afternoon event, click here

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The History of Protest

Free & open to the public. All are welcome!

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Huron Valley PACE - 2940 Ellsworth Rd.,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Ward, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

  • Registration is encouraged here

Questions: 734.998.7409

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Click here to register for this free event. Free parking is available on the side streets. There is one handicap space in the back where the ramp is located.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022, 1-3PM
Bethel AME Church, 900 John A. Woods Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan

EVENT UPDATE: Please note that Professor Angela D. Dillard is unable to attend today due to an illness. Associate Professor Matthew Countryman has graciously agreed to stand in as our keynote speaker. Matthew Countryman is an Associate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, American Culture, and History at the University of Michigan, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS). As a scholar, he specializes in 20th-century African American History with an emphasis on urban northern locations and the civil rights movement.

The community is invited to a historical and intergenerational presentation on the African American Great Migration experience. Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Matthew Countryman. This event is free and open to the public and registration is encouraged  A virtual option is available, the zoom link will be sent to those who register here or call 734-998-7409.


Part II is an exhibit at the African American Cultural and Historical Museum at 1528 Pontiac Trail at John A. Woods Drive in Ann Arbor, where 24 panels from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, along with the local intergenerational dialogues and Great Migration history. The exhibit opens Sunday, October 9, 12 noon - 4 pm and the public is invited.

Event photo: (L) Scott and Violet Arthur's family arrived at Chicago's Polk Street Depot on August 30, 1920, during the Great Migration, two months after their two sons were lynched in Paris, Texas and (R) Professor Angela D. Dillard, Chair of the History Department at the University of Michigan.

This program is presented in partnership with University of Michigan Turner African American Services Council, Bethel AME Church, Ann Arbor District Library, Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society, New York and the Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

Covid Protocols: If you have any symptoms, please wait until you test negative before coming to the exhibit. Free masks will be available and we ask that people follow the State of Michigan and CDC guidelines.

Community Forum
Thursday, September 1, 2022   5:30-8 pm
The Farmers Market  - 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
You are invited to learn more about the six-story mixed-use development with affordable housing at Catherine and Fourth Street, that is being built in a historically Black business and residential district. The property will be developed by Avalon Housing and the Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC).
  • Meet the Community Leadership Council (CLC) and learn     about their role in this project.
  • See the plans and give feedback on the building design.
  • We want to hear from the community what your ideas are     for the best uses of the first floor.
  • Come prepared to engage at this INTERACTIVE event!

Covid Protocols: This is an outdoor event however we ask that if you have any symptoms that you do NOT attend. Free masks will be available and we ask that people follow CDC guidelines.


John Riggs operated his own barber shop on N. Fourth Ave for 20 years Photo is from 1942. ( Bottom: building site

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