Black History Month
February 1 – February 28
Celebrate Black History Month With a host of programs, initiatives and experiences.
Milwaukee Public Museum Programming
Each Thursday and Friday from 10am-12:30pm, MPM educators discuss topics including Milwaukee’s rich civil rights history and the history of the Watsons, a couple who arrived in Milwaukee in 1850 and were instrumental in forming the city’s Black middle class.
Join the MPM at 11am each Saturday in February for a docent-led tour of women artisans of Africa in the museum’s third-floor Africa gallery. Tour capacity is 25 people. For more information, visit www.mpm.edu.
Milwaukee Public Museum
Throughout the month of February
Black Lens Series
Milwaukee Film features many drama and documentary films created by African-American filmmakers, along with free community events. For a full schedule of films and events, visit
Feb. 2 & 16
2023 African-American Film Series
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Union Theater presents the films Messwood Feb. 2 at 6pm and Nope Feb. 16 at 6pm. Both films will be followed by a discussion. uwm.edu/studentinvolvement/arts-and-entertainment/sociocultural-2/african-american-film-series/
UWM Union Concourse, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Feb. 3-March 26
Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestros Almas
Opening Feb. 3, 6-9pm. A conscious exposition exposing and elevating within the global market nine prolific Afro-Cuban artists.
5 Points Art Gallery & Studios, 3514 N. Port Washington Ave.
The Magical Black Tears Experience
This interactive exhibit, based on the children’s picture book Magical Black Tears: A Protest Story by Decoteau J. Irby, teaches children ages 4-12 how to create a more just and racism-free society through reading, writing, films, pretend-play, and problem-solving.
Downtown Milwaukee Area Technical College Campus Create Gallery, Main Building, 700 W. State St.
Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23
Black History Month Racial Healing Meditation Series
A free series, which focuses on readings from Dr. Catherine Meeks’ new book The Night is Long But Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing. Books to borrow are available at the cafe, and a light meal will be provided. To attend an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tricklebee Cafe, 4424 W. North Ave.
Feb. 4, 2-3pm
Drop-In Tour: Art by Artists of the African Diaspora
Join the Milwaukee Art Museum for a tour highlighting the artwork of African-American and Haitian artists, which address community and social justice issues. Free with admission.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Feb. 10, 8-10pm
Black History Month Trivia
Head to Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St., to test your knowledge of Black history.
Feb. 16, 7-8:15pm
Community Black History Month Celebration
The Wauwatosa Library, 7635 W. North Ave., honors Black History Month with an all-ages community celebration.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1984 by Dr. James Cameron, who survived a lynching at age 16. It is the world’s only museum to memorialize the 500-year-long story of the holocaust endured and resisted by enslaved Africans and their descendants in America. This museum shares the story of the African-American experience from pre-captivity to the present as an integral part of U.S. history. Exhibits include the following displays: story of African people before captivity, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, auction blocks, the civil rights movement (both past and present), and more. www.abhmuseum.org
401 W. North Ave., (414) 209-3640