Guide to Black History Month Events Around Toledo


Each February, we observe Black History Month. Whether you are looking for something to do with the kids or you want a night out with the girls or the SO, there is no shortage of activities and events in and around the city.

Toledo Museum of Art

TMA will host Great Performances: Black History Month Celebration. This is a two-part series, with a conversation and spoken word component taking place on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 PM and the music component on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 PM. While it is a two-day event, each performance can stand alone. Both events are free and will take place in the Great Gallery. Go to for more information.

On Angels Wings We Soar To The Light

Sunday, February, 28 2021 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | The Toledo Symphony strings return to St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in celebration of Black History Month. Hear beautiful works by and more in an intimate, candle-lit setting of the church! In-person tickets are limited and may be purchased by calling the St. Martin de Porres office.

Monroe County Library System

If you are willing to travel a bit outside of the city, you will find Michigan’s longest-running annual blues celebration. Monroe County’s 34rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series runs throughout the month of February, with performances taking place each week at different library branches. Then on Saturday, February 29, the series wraps with The Big Gig! being held at Monroe County Community College’s Meyer Theatre. Below is a list of the performances, with more information being found at

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The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo has a variety of events running throughout the month and listed below are just a handful of the offerings. Go to for more information and to RSVP.

  • Black History Month Basketball Game
    • Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    • John F. Savage Arena
  • Black History Month Main Speaker: Tiffany Loftin
    • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    • Doermann Theatre
  • African American Initiatives Spring Film
    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
    • Student Union, Room 2500
  • Black Career Night
    • Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    • Student Union, Ingman Room
  • Black Wellness Bash
    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    • Student Union, Ingman Room
  • 51st Annual Black Student Union Fashion Show
    • Friday, February 21, 2020  7:00 PM-10:00 PM
    • Student Union, Auditorium
  • Ujima Day of Service
    • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:30 PM-12:30 PM
    • Volunteering to take place at three different locations: MLK Kitchen, Ronald McDonald House, and Beach House. Go to to RSVP and to choose volunteer site preference.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

TLCPL is one of the best resources we have in our area and their offerings for Black History Month illustrate this. Go to for specific dates and locations.

  • A Day with Ms. Lady K
    • Ms. Karen Harris will sing classic hits.
  • Paper Plate Puppets
    • Use creativity and imagination to create a fun puppet.
  • Rainbow Braid Clips
    • Practice braiding with colorful synthetic hair.
  • JP Dynasty
    • African drumming and dance by JP Dynasty.

There are also single-day programs featuring Nikki D and the Browns and The Katch Band. The Sylvania Branch will have a Black History Month Celebration on February 4, 2020. In addition to the various programs, TLCPL has materials and resources that can be accessed in-house or online to help you learn and celebrate throughout the month.

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