Music prodigy Pierre and his band will host a Jazz & Blues Jam Session Saturday evening

6 Ways to Observe Black History Month in Milwaukee

This February, honor the rich history of African American culture with these local events.

UWM African American Film Series

Feb. 2-27
UWM Union Cinema

In its 12th year, this annual series features diversity-focused films that celebrate the continued progress that society has made and honor the visionaries that have inspired the masses.

Yesterday’s Negro League Traveling Exhibit

Feb. 13-24
Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda

Artifacts, documents, memorabilia and pictures exhibit the fascinating history of negro league baseball players and how this important chapter of baseball history helped shape American race relations. 

Negro League ballplayers. Photo by Lee Matz

“Urban Heroes, Urban Wood”

Feb. 17-March 17
Wisconsin Black Historical Society

The Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum is showcasing paintings and photographs displayed on wood from urban Milwaukee ash trees. The artwork, created by fourteen visual artists from Fresh Perspective Art Collective, honors influential black Milwaukeeans and collectively depicts the story of Milwaukee’s black community. 

UWM Black History Ball

Feb. 24
UWM Union Ballroom

Celebrate African American culture with a night of food, music and live performances. Open to the public, this event concludes with a dance reception DJ’d by DJ Mr. New York. 

Wisconsin Black Arts Festival

Feb. 17-19
The African American Women’s Center

Evelyn Patricia Terry
Image courtesy of Wisconsin Black Arts Festival

This three-day celebration of black culture includes craft making for kids, film screenings, vendor displays, visual artist demonstrations and writer workshops. Attendees can enjoy live performances from dancers, musicians and spoken word artists while indulging in food and drinks from local African American restaurants. 





ABHM Founder’s Day Gathering for Racial Repair & Reconciliation

Feb. 25
Centennial Hall

Listen to a short talk by ABHM Head Griot Reggie Jackson about the importance of remembering and repairing racial trauma, preview new film Always in Season, and interact with film director Jackie Olive and members of the communities represented in the film. In addition, there will be live music, book sales and author signings. 



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.