While the contributions of Black Americans to American culture and society should be celebrated year-round, February is a time to intentionally uplift the experience of Black Americans in our country. As we look to celebrate the progress that Black people in America have seen, we also take the time to reflect on the reality of the many sacrifices of those who have come before us. We honor the sacrifices—seen and unseen—of Black Americans who have paved the way for economic and social progress while looking forward to continued progress. The team at your Grand Rapids Chamber looks forward to doing our part to move progress forward and helping to create a thriving and prosperous wWest Michigan for ALL.
We encourage you to celebrate Black History this month, and every month. Explore more ways to actively support the Black community in Grand Rapids below.
Celebrations, Events, and Programs
There are many events being hosted in our community this month. Just a few are listed below:
In partnership with Fountain Street Church, the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) is hosting an exhibit called “Black History in Art and Artifacts” at Fountain Street Church now through March 15.
The World of Winter festival in Grand Rapids is hosting several Black history walking tours of the city. The tour examines the Black population in Grand Rapids from 1826 to the modern day. The tour meets at Rosa Park Circle and is limited to 25 people on a first come, first served basis.
The remaining date for the Black history walking tours is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27.
Take this self-guided tour of seven murals created by local BIPOC artists in the Southside neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
Minority Business Directory
Intentionally supporting Black-owned businesses is one way you can do your part in moving toward equitable economic growth. Find a list of Chamber Minority owned businesses here.
Consider supporting some local organizations whose mission is focused on supporting the Black community in the Grand Rapids Area. There are many individuals and organizations in our community pursuing equity for African Americans. A few of them are listed below:
- Urban League of West Michigan
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI)
- Black Impact Collective (BIC)
- Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB)
Resources through your Grand Rapids Chamber & Community Partnerships
Your Grand Rapids Chamber is committed to Diversity Equity & Inclusion. Read more about some of the ways we are pursuing those commitments below.
Want to know more?
Contact Inclusion Program Manager, Amari Brown at email@example.com for more information about our inclusion services.
Contact Minority Business Program Manager, Caylie Peet at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our minority business services.