2021 Black History Month

Thursday, February 4, 7-8:30p.m.
Ally Up! Sharing Stories on Being an Effective Ally

The Holland Museum, in partnership with Grounded in Equity, LLC., is hosting a panel discussion on being an effective ally. Panelists will discuss what demonstrating effective allyship has meant to them and how they actively inspire others to take on the role of being an ally. Register for this free, virtual program on Eventbrite.

February 15-28, Streaming on GoodDocs
River City Drumbeat

River City DrumbeatThe Human Relations Commission is please to host the virtual streaming of the film RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT, a powerful story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward "Nardie" White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams. Register at rivercitydrumbeat-hollandhrc.eventbrite.com and we'll send the viewing link on Feb 15. You can watch it at your leisure anytime through 11:59 pm on Feb 28. 

Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Marlon Johnson, co-director of River City Drumbeat. Everyone who registered for the film will automatically be sent the login to the Zoom Q&A.  Register here.

An Evening with Marlon Johnson

Teachers: Download the River City Drumbeat Education Guide.


Sunday, February 21, 4-5:30 pm
Vaccine Skepticism and the Black Community

Three African American health care and science experts will be featured panelists for the second program in the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) series on “Racial Disparities in Health Care—Digging Deeper.” Their focus will be “Exploring Vaccine Skepticism with the Black Community.” The Holland Museum is a partnering organization for the program. The virtual event will be Sunday, February 21, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Registration information is at the ACEH website: www.harmonyalliance.org.


Friday, February 26, 2pm
Live Virtual Visit with author Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander"Light and Hope for the World to See: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander is intended for all ages. Community members and K-12 students and teachers are encouraged to attend. Participation is free. For more information including log in details, visit bigreadlakeshore.com





All Month
Virtual Black History Month Events from GVSU

Check out the variety of virtual events hosted by GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Programs include Conversations of Color, the Black LGBT+ Community (Feb 17) and Talk Back Tuesday: The Impact of Black Women on our Current Political Climate on Feb 9.