8 Ways To Celebrate Black History Month in Milwaukee This Year

From film and food to history and trivia, there are a lot of ways to be part of the celebration.

1. Milwaukee Film – Black Lens


Milwaukee Film’s fourth annual Black Lens programming will spotlight Black filmmakers all month long with eight special screenings at the Oriental Theatre and four free events throughout the city. Programming will follow four central themes: Black perspectives, Black love through a Black lens, Black genealogies and Black remembrances.

2. Black History Month Queen’s Luncheon

FEB. 27 FROM 1 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M. | 3425 W. STATE ST.

Get dressed up to celebrate Black Queens throughout history at a high-society luncheon, hosted by International Mrs. USA. They’re rolling out the red carpet for pre-teens and teens to learn about why representation matters from the 2021 winner and Queen Dr. Jackie Edwards, as well as other Queens from the community and surrounding areas. The free event really will have a red carpet, plus lunch and a panel.



What’s Brew City’s best? We’ve picked 16 of our favorite Milwaukee craft beers for a March Madness-style tournament, but it’s up to you to pick the winner! Will it be bright and hoppy? Dark and malty? A zippy lager? Every one is worthy of the title; who will claim the sudsy crown?

3. Company Brewing – Black Film Trivia and 80s/90s R&B Night

FEB. 18 AT 8 P.M. | 735 E. CENTER ST.

Grab a beer and your smartest friends to test your knowledge of ’80s and ’90s Black film and culture for the chance to win some mystery prizes at Company Brewing. Afterwards, you can keep the nostalgia going with a dance party hosted by DJ Gemini Gilly. Registration for trivia is free, and starts at 7:30 P.M.

4. Black Feminist Symposium


The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘Intersectionality, Racial Inequality & Holistic Wellness’ and is open to students and community members. Organized by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, the goal of this program is to share resources and work by local artists, as well as engage community members in workshops and discussions surrounding race and equity.

5. Milwaukee Food Tour


Learn about Milwaukee’s Black history through food on this all expenses paid tour through the city hosted for UWM students only by the Black Student Cultural Center and the Campus Activities Board. The journey begins and ends at UWM’s Union concourse and makes three stops along the way to taste-test some popular Black-owned restaurants.

6. Milwaukee Public Library – Black Americans in Milwaukee


MPL will celebrate Black History Month with an examination of the timeline of when African Americans were first recorded in Milwaukee and the relationship they have with the city in this virtual event. The library has also made virtual booklists available for children and adults, comprised of multiple genres to diversify your bookshelf.

7. Grand Re-Opening of America’s Black Holocaust Museum

FEB. 25 AT 9 A.M. | 401 W. NORTH AVE.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony before visitors are able to tour the new galleries, which tell 400 years of African American history from pre-captivity to the present day.  The museum has been closed since 2008, after the death of its founder, Dr James Cameron, who survived a lynching as a teenager and dedicated the rest of his life to educating the public about the injustices suffered by people of African descent in America. The space will come alive again as part of a redevelopment project in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

8. Milwaukee Public Schools – Black Lives Matter Week of Action

JAN. 31-FEB. 4 FROM 6-7:30 P.M. | VIRTUAL

MPS students and staff invite you to join them in the national Black Lives Matter Week of Action for the second year running. This year, all events will be held virtually and are open to community members. Virtual events are everyday at 6 P.M. and require registration. The programming will include screenings, a panel discussion on the future of America, a presentation on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and a talent showcase at the end of the week.