Programs Celebrating Black History Month

Join us in celebrating Black History Month with the following programs. Click on the links for dates, times and locations. 

Stories of the Underground Railroad Told Through Quilting
Discover the history of the Underground Railroad told through quilts. Learn about the people, places and codes used while escaping. See quilts by Erica Millbrooks.

Quilt Learning Journey
During the months of January and February at each KDL branch, find a quilt block made by Threads Sewing Circle that's used in Stories of the Underground Railroad. Record the names and learn the connection of each image to Erica Millbrook's explanation of historical events. Ask for a bookmark to track your journey.

The 102nd United States Colored Troops: A Unique Story in Michigan’s Civil War History
Join local historian Maurice Imhoff as he shares his research into Michigan’s Colored Regiment during the Civil War. From being enslaved to becoming soldiers for the Union army, this regiment has one of the most distinct stories in our state's history.

Idlewild: Heirlooms of the Past
Using original songs, a pop-up museum and lecture, CJ Kingdom-Grier will share Idlewild's story — a community model of hope, resilience, entrepreneurship, restoration and Black excellence in
the heart of Michigan juxtaposed over a nationwide landscape of Jim Crow and segregation.

Decorate a Dream: Celebrate Dr. King through Art
Create your own vision of service to others while celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. Help create a beautiful visual exhibit of Dr. King’s words. Craft stations hosted in each branch in January.