Song, performances highlight monthlong celebration at museum

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Black History Month observed
Children participate in the Minds on Freedom segment of Celebrate Black History! at The Henry Ford last February. The Henry Ford’s celebration of Black History Month returns this month with activities every Wednesday through Sunday in February.

DEARBORN – Throughout February, Henry Ford Museum will celebrate African American visionaries who changed the world by hosting Celebrate Black History!

The event runs Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission to Henry Ford Museum is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62 and older) and $11 for youth (5 to 12). Children 4 and younger are free. For more information call (313) 982-6001 or go to

Visitors can discover four eras of Black history in the United States – pre-emancipation, Northern migration, civil rights movement and contemporary times. Those eras will be presented through musical and dramatic performances, a hands-on activity inspired by George Washington Carver, make-and-take crafts and the exhibit With Liberty and Justice for All.

The interactive presentation Minds on Freedom returns to again immerse visitors in the struggle for freedom and the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things during the civil rights movement (Wednesdays through Fridays). Visitors also can take a free, 40-minute guided tour of African American Innovators departing from the Museum Plaza at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

The weekend programs of Celebrate Black History! will take place near the museum gallery, currently showing the Carver exhibit, and will include:

• Feb. 5 and 6: Pre-Emancipation – The North Star Gospel Chorale, 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m.; dramatic presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth” at 12:15, 2 and 3:15 p.m.; and presentation of “A Valiant Soldier” by Yulanda Burgess at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Feb. 12 and 13: Northern Migration – Musician Robert Jones at 11:30 a.m., and 1and 2:30 p.m.; and dramatic presentation of “Elijah: The Real McCoy” at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

• Feb.19 and 20: Civil Rights Movement – The 30-minute interactive and dramatic program, “Minds on Freedom” at 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m.

• Feb. 26 and 27: Contemporary Times – Musical performance by The Hamilton Family at 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2: 30 p.m. and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s Mosaic Singers at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.