Motown Museum to celebrate Black History Month with forum events

- To celebrate Black History Month, the Motown Museum is hosting a series of forum events that include listening to classic albums and learning about Motown's involvement in the civil rights movement.

During the events, guests listen to albums from the Black Forum Label, a spoken word label created in the 1970s by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation, and explore some of Motown's historical contributions. Participants also listen to lectures and participate in community dialogue moderated by professors.

"One of the things we do at the museum is not only present the authentic story of Motown but we seek to educate and inspire people," said Raina Baker, executive assistant/program director at Motown Museum. "To be able to hear these albums on vinyl is an amazing experience."

Albums played during the event series include the 1970 "Writers of the Revolution" album featuring influential African American poets Langston Hughes and Margaret Danner, the 1963 March to Freedom album featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and the 1972 "Black Spirits" album, which features Imamu Amiri Baraka and The Original Last Poets live at the Apollo Theater.

Events take place every Friday in February, with discussion from 5:30-6 p.m. and album listening from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants who donate at least $5 are permitted to walk through the museum before and after the program.

For more information about the series, click here.

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