WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 >> EARL NELSON SINGERS AT LANSING MATINEE MUSICALE
Black History Month kicks off in Lansing tonight with a recital of traditional spirituals and gospel music from the Earl Nelson Singers. The Lansing-based choir was founded in 1963 by former Michigan state Sen. Earl Nelson, who died last year at 79. The concert features spirituals composed by slaves and the gospel music that came with the abolition of slavery in the post-Civil War era. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. lansingmatineemusicale.org.
FEB. 1-21 >> BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Lansing Community College hosts several events in commemoration of Black History Month. Today, the college's Black History Month committee hosts a community health fair. Tuesday, humanities Professor Paul Jurczak facilitates a discussion on Cornel West, an African-American philosopher and political activist. On Feb. 21, students and the public are invited to a panel discussion on Malcolm X. FREE. See web for times and locations. lcc.edu/studentlife/bhm.
FEB. 2-23 >> "FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM" LECTURE SERIES AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Every year to celebrate Black History Month, Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts a lecture series featuring prominent African-American and civil rights figures. This year's lineup includes astronaut and chemical engineer Mae Jemison (Feb. 2), journalist Jonathan Capehart (Feb. 9) and former Tuskegee, Ala., mayor and Alabama state Rep. Johnny Ford (Feb. 23). 5 p.m. FREE. Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. com.msu.edu/stf.
FEB. 4 >> DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST
Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and religious leader Minister Caliph Muab-El are the speakers at the eighth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer breakfast. The event also features performances by Michigan State University jazz students, jazz performer Tessarae, and Worship Without Words, a travelling mime ministry. 9-11 a.m. $10 from member organizations/$12 online. Union MBC, 500 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. actionofgreaterlansing.org.
FEB. 28 >> 50 YEARS ON: REFLECTIONS ON RACE, RACISM AND THE LEGACIES OF THE 1967 DETROIT RIOTS AT THE BROAD ART MUSEUM
The Broad Art Museum and MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities team up to examine the 1967 Detroit riot in a series of conversations that draw from artwork in the museum's collection. The first of these events focuses on the work of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton, best known for starting Detroit’s Heidelberg Project. Assistant curator Carla Acevedo-Yates will discuss his work with Jena Baker-Calloway of the MSU Detroit Center. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800, broadmuseum.msu.edu.