Black History Month highlights achievements, creativity, and history in the Black community. Milwaukee has an extensive Black history, which can be discovered virtually and in person. Check out 60+ ways to celebrate Black history in the Milwaukee area, in February and beyond.


1. Discover Black businesses to support by exploring the MKE Black directory

2. Attend America’s Black Holocaust Museum grand reopening

3. Discover local Black leaders in Milwaukee Public Library’s digital collection

4. Visit the Rescue of Joshua Glover Historical Marker

5. Learn what caused the 1967 Milwaukee Riots

6. Attend a film with Black Lens (Milwaukee Film)

7. Visit and shop at Sherman Phoenix

8. Stop by the George Marshall Clark gravesite, and learn his history

9. Donate to local charities dedicated to fighting injustice

10. Experience a “We Rise: MKE’s Celebration of Black History Month” event with the Milwaukee Rep

11. Learn about buildings designed by Alonzo Robinson, Milwaukee’s first registered Black architect

12. Read about the Dietz Home, a hotel for African Americans

13. Explore historical Black narratives through “Our Time Together“, at the Milwaukee Art Museum

14. Learn about Milwaukee’s Bronzeville history

15. Create spaces to amplify Black voices

16. Learn about local streets named after African Americans

17. Try the chicken and waffles at Coffee Makes You Black

18. Visit and shop at The Bronzeville Collective

19. Read the writing of local historian Reggie Jackson

20. Listen to local residents who met Dr. King (25:11)

21. Read about the “mother of the Black community

22. Be an advocate for Black neighborhoods

23. Learn about Civil Rights in Milwaukee

24. Watch and unpack Milwaukee 53206

25. Read the Milwaukee Community Journal

26. Test your knowledge of Black Film Trivia at Company Brewing

27. Check out books about Black history at a Milwaukee Public Library

28. Explore the James Cameron Pamphlet Collection

29. Learn about historic Black figures

30. Read how the rise and fall of A.O. Smith impacted Milwaukee’s Black community

31. Dine at a soul food restaurant

32. Learn how redlining caused segregation in Milwaukee

33. Wander through the Wisconsin Black Historical Society

34. Read how Hank Aaron became Milwaukee’s first sports super star

35. Attend a virtual discussion on Black Love Matters

36. Purchase a Bronze Box

37. Shop and eat in Bronzeville

38. Mourn the loss of the Milwaukee Mall

39. Learn about Sully and Susanna Watson at the Milwaukee Public Museum

40. Become familiar with Dr. Carter

41. See The Watsons Go To Birmingham

42. Visit the Dr. King statue and learn more about his life

43. Purchase a book from Niche Book Bar

44. Dive into cultural dining experiences and diversity and inclusion conversations with Diverse Dining

45. Try your green thumb at Maranta Plant Shop

46. Support the Black community beyond Black History Month

47. Read how suburban housing racial covenants impacted segregation in Milwaukee County

48. Sing karaoke at On the Bayou

49. Shop Black businesses at the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

50. Walk through the Paramount Records Trail in Grafton

51. See the Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum

52. Watch Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

53. Explore the Negro Business Directory of Wisconsin

54. See Milwaukee Voices of Gun Violence

55. Get a cut at Gee’s Clippers

56. Discover murals in Black neighborhoods

57. Discover the Milwaukee’s earliest Black residents

58. Walk the Hank Aaron Trail

59. Grab a take-and-make Black History Month craft at the Wauwatosa Public Library

60. Learn about Milwaukee’s Black led urban farms: here, here, and here

61. Vote in the February 15th Spring Primary

62. Read My Granny Fought for Freedom

63. Participate in the Milwaukee Public Library Black History Month Reading Challenge

64. Purchase African American art at Greenwood Park Gallery & Framing

65. Download the MKE Black app