Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History Month this February in Milwaukee! Use this page as your source for experiences that highlight African-American history, culture, and impact on our city and world. Wth cultural institutions to visit, Black-owned businesses to support and events to connect with the community at, you are sure to have a rich and full Black History Month!

Native American records show that African Americans were living in Milwaukee as early as the 1700s, and the city saw a surge of Black residents moving north for manufacturing jobs during the 1940s-1960s. The contributions that Black people have made to business, culture, and social justice in Milwaukee cannot be understated, and today the fight to create a better, more equitable Milwaukee continues.
Dive deeper into the historic and creative contributions of African Americans in Milwaukee and Wisconsin at these cultural institutions.

America's Black Holocaust Museum
Opening to the public later this year, this history and memorial museum has a robust virtual presence and a variety of online galleries and events. Exhibits focus on both the history of the Black Holocaust in America and drawing redemptive lessons from the tragedies of the past. 

Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum
The mission of Wisconsin Black Historical Society (WBHS/M) is to document and preserve the historical heritage of people of African descent in Wisconsin. The historical society is not just a wonderful place to learn about Black history, but also a great resource for families hoping to do genealogical research. 

NO Studios
Founded by Milwaukee native and Academy Award winner John Ridley, this hub for film and creativity offers extensive virtual programming while we wait for in-person programming to resume.

Paramount Records Trail
Did you know some of the most important recordings in blues history were made in nearby Grafton? The Paramount Records studio opened at Wisconsin Chair Company in Grafton in 1922 - today, you can take a self-guided walking tour of blues history at Paramount Plaza in Grafton.

Dr. James Cameron Pamphlet Collection
The Milwaukee Public Library's special collections include 38 self-published pamphlets by civil rights activist Dr. James Cameron (the founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum). These pamphlets can be viewed digitally.

Milwaukee Art Museum - Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art
The Milwaukee Art Museum holds the largest collection of Haitian art outside of Haiti. The Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art focuses on family, community and religion. The collection can be seen among other notable works of art in the museum's open hours. 

Explore Alice's Garden


Alice's Garden

Explore Bronzeville Collective


Bronzeville Collective

There are so many ways to support Milwaukee's Black businesses and organizations every day. You could:

Black History Month Events

For a complete, up-to-date list of weekend’s events and happenings, visit Milwaukee365
  Date Name Category Description
Feb 01, 2023 Engage and Activate: Diverse Professionals Forum Join us at Company Brewing to enjoy a short film, breakout group discussions, and cap it off with so...
Feb 03, 2023 A Leap into Afrofuturism Join us for an exploration of Afrofuturism.
Feb 09, 2023 Stars, Stories, and Rhythms of Africa Celebrate Black History Month under the stars! Join us for a night of music, dancing, storytelling, ...
Feb 10, 2023 Black History Month Trivia It's that time of year again to come out and test your knowledge as Black Lens Trivia returns for Bl...
Feb 11, 2023 Black Love Through a Black Lens
Feb 17, 2023 In Retrospect: The Life and Times of Kendrick Lamar Featuring music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis, author of Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The ...
Feb 08, 2023–Feb 22, 2023 Under African Skies Join us at the Manfred Olson Planetarium Sunday, February 8, 15, and 22, for Under African Skies.
Feb 08, 2023–Feb 24, 2023 THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE Theatre Harlem Renaissance: The Savoy's Ballroom explores a pinnacle moment in Black history. Highlighting f...
Feb 02, 2023–Feb 25, 2023 Milwaukee Film's 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration Festival Join us as we showcase engaging and entertaining film screenings, conversations, and events curated ...
Feb 26, 2023 FOR THE SOUL: A NARRATED FOOD TASTING AND CONVERSATION Join us at Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery for great food and conversation as Dr. Bert Davis and ...