Black History Month is throughout February, and is about recognizing the significant contributions by African-Americans to the world’s social, political and economic development.

It celebrates African-American communities, diaspora and heritage.

Among the events in greater Grand Rapids celebrating Black History Month are:

  • Taste of Soul Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Grand Rapids Public Library's Main Library, 111 Library St. NE in Grand Rapids. Admission is free.
  • Grand Rapids Right to Life's Black History Month Life Speaker Series features the Rev. Jerome Glenn in a discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Revolution Christian Ministries, 5301 28th Street Court SE in Cascade Township.
  • Grand Valley State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs, including a Monday (Feb. 3) discussion by
    Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committe vice chairwoman, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Kirkhof Center's Grand River Room on the Allendale campus; a Feb. 6 discussion by
    Patrick Miles Jr., U.S. Attorney for Western Michigan, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Cook DeWitt Center on the Allendale campus; a performance of "The Meeting," about what if the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had meet before they were assassinated, at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Cook DeWitt Center; and A Taste of Soul food festival, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kirkhof Center.