Events Calendar

 

This virtual museum promotes global awareness of the harmful legacies of enslavement and Jim Crow in the United States and the challenges faced by African Americans today. We also highlight Black resilience and achievements in every field — from arts and culture to education, economics, science, and more.

This Events Calendar presents some of the many events taking place around Milwaukee, Wisconsin — the birthplace of America’s Black Holocaust Museum — as well as around the USA, Africa, and the far-flung African Diaspora.

While we feature the on-site and online (virtual) events of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, we also sample other events that promote historical, educational and cultural awareness consistent with ABHM’s mission of racial justice, reconciliation, and healing.

 

Event Key

  • ABHM Events
  • Wisconsin Events
  • National Events
  • International Events
  • Virtual Events

BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

The Black Arts Festival is a family-friendly event hosted by the Ames Public Library and community partners to celebrate and promote greater awareness and appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of Black visual and performing artists in the community.
20 Apr
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Avenue Ames, IA 50010
HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED follows Wilson’s journey as a young Black writer from Pittsburgh to one of the most celebrated American playwrights of the 20th century. Written three years before his death, the one-man show recounts numerous stories from the author’s long career and the lessons they taught about what it means to be a Black artist in America.
20 Apr - 05 May
7:00 PM - 11:55 PM
Broadway Playhouse Chicago
175 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt: 2nd Screening

Raven Jackson's feature debut is a richly-layered ode to generations of people and places, tracing decades of a woman's life in Mississippi. With the luxuriating pace of a summer evening, the film allows audiences to linger on ideas of grief, longing, and memory all while gazing on luminously lensed visuals. Jackson is one to watch.
20 Apr
8:00 PM
Times Cinema
5906 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Gideon Alorwoyie and the Afrikania Cultural Troupe

Gideon Alorwoyie and the Afrikania Cultural Troupe

Guest Percussion and Dance Group Professor of Music from the University of North Texas, Torgbui Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie leads the Afrikania Cultural Troupe showcasing traditional drumming and dance from Ghana, West Africa. (Free and open to the public) The group’s repertoire consists of traditional and neotraditional dances choreographed for the stage but traditionally existing…
21 Apr
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Michigan State University, Large Rehearsal Hall
333 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the world’s premier modern dance companies. Brilliant and revolutionary, the company nurtures a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African American experience, while performing works from choreographers from around the globe. Indisputably one of America’s favorite dance companies, they are beloved for their incomparable joy, freedom,…
23 Apr
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Midland Center for the Arts
Midland Center for the Arts 1801 W. Saint Andrews Midland, Michigan 48640

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. Featuring an endless amount of music, succulent local and regional delicacies, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, second-line parades and so much more – there is something for everyone at Jazz Fest!
25 Apr - 05 May
Fair Ground Race Course, New Orleans
1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt: Final Screening

Raven Jackson's feature debut is a richly-layered ode to generations of people and places, tracing decades of a woman's life in Mississippi. With the luxuriating pace of a summer evening, the film allows audiences to linger on ideas of grief, longing, and memory all while gazing on luminously lensed visuals. Jackson is one to watch.
25 Apr
3:30 PM
Downer Theatre
2585 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Parable of the Sower artwork

ABHM Book Club: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher’s daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith. 2021 Hugo Award Winner for Best Graphic Story or Comic.
25 Apr
6:00 PM
Virtual Event
Lecture: “Black Men in Red: 19th-Century Models in Color”

Lecture: “Black Men in Red: 19th-Century Models in Color”

Learn about the context of the Black model in European art in this lecture by Adrienne L. Childs, PhD, adjunct curator at The Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC. She will highlight the Museum’s “Study of a Model” (1885) by the German painter Max Pietschmann, on view in the second-floor collection galleries. Childs was awarded the…
25 Apr
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI
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