The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

"The connection to yesterday"

  Upcoming Events

January 19, 2015
"Voices for Social Justice"

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI

An exhibit based on the words of some of the people living in and near Kalamazoo whose work focuses on achieving social justice for all who live in our community.
A joint project of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society.

January 14, 2015
"Frequently Untold Stories"
Meeting of the Descendents of West Michigan's 19th Century Black Americans

Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
1249 Portage Road
Kalamazoo, MI

5:30 p.m.

Come together as the descendants and supporters of early black Michigan residents who lived here from the 1800's to 1900. Share thoughts about remembering these settlers, families, organizers, activists, soldiers, workers, educators, business people and farm owners in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Niles, Albion, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Marshall and other west Michigan communities. We especially invite the descendants of Civil War volunteers.

Up to 12 participants are welcome and encouraged to present documents or significant items that help tell the story of your ancestors for up to 4 minutes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by Michigan Historical Centerís Exhibits for a New Century Project, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society, the Black Arts and Cultural Center (pending), Descendants and Supporters like YOU.

January 29, 2015
Introductory Healing Together Retreat

Fetzer Institute
Kalamazoo, MI

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Designed for a small interracial group of community members who have a desire for personal transformation, connection, and community healing.
Sponsored by the Racial Healing Initiative of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society and funded by a generous grant from the Fetzer Institute.
Registration required: or call 269-381-9775

February 22, 2015
"Read All About It"

2015: The Oral Tradition in African American Culture
Portage District Library
300 Library Lane
Portage, MI

2:00 p.m.

Michelle Johnson, PhD, State of Michigan Community Historian, will discuss the work of Zora Neale Hurston. The program also features a dramatic version of "The River to Cross," performed by Washington Productions.

Refreshments and book sales follow the program.
A joint project of the Portage District Library and the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society.