Black History Month Events at the Hackley Public Library

Community News |Jan 21, 2020|5 min read

All events are FREE to the public.
Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore.


Additional support from:
DTE Energy
The Friends of Hackley Public Library
WUVS 103.7 the Beat
Cumulus Broadcasting Company
McDonald’s of Michigan



Black History Month Kick-Off Event
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 28
Please join us at Hackley Public Library for an evening of inspirational music and some Black History during our Black History Month Kick-Off Event! The Kingdom Embassy Covenant Church Praise Team will share their singing talent that is sure to warm the heart. Additionally, we’ll enjoy a special Praise Dance performed by Tiffany and Triniti Jones. Visit with us from 6-7 PM, on Tuesday, January 28 for this amazing occasion! All ages are welcome. This event is free.


6th Annual Black History Trivia Contest
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 1
Do you think you know your Black History? Form a group with your friends and pit your knowledge against other teams in Hackley Library’s 6th annual Black History Trivia Contest! Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar to register your team (up to 4 people per team). Teams will be asked questions on Black History. We’ll have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as some consolation prizes! Come to cheer on your friends and family during this trivia contest, from 2-3 PM on Saturday, February 1. This event is free.


Poetry Open Mic Night and Black History Calendar Awards
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Monday, February 3
Enjoy an evening of poetry during Poetry Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library. Share your own poetry, or read works from your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poet. If you wish to share a poem/piece, please register by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Walk-ins are also welcome! Poetry Open Mic Night will be from 6-7:30 PM on Monday, February 3. Additionally, from 6-6:30 PM, those who have been selected for our annual Black History month calendar will be honored, and the calendar will be distributed! All ages are welcome for this free event.


Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 8
Create something sweet for our Sweet Soul Food Contest at Hackley Library! Get your recipes out and find your best soul food dessert. Compete for the best in the city! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants in the adult category, and to the 1st place winner in the children’s category. Register your dish by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Be sure to bring enough for attendees, plus the judge, to taste. All ages are welcome to participate! Visit with us for this tasty event from 2-3 PM on Saturday, February 8 at Hackley Library. This event is free.


Ebony Road Players present “The Meeting” – a play
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 22
Mark your calendar to enjoy a theater performance by the Ebony Road Players, as they present “The Meeting.” You won’t want to miss this moving play, which depicts the supposed meeting of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them. This performance will be from 2-3 PM, on Saturday, February 22 at Hackley Library. All ages are welcome! This event is free.


Becoming by Michelle Obama
New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Monday, February 24
Kick off the New Year with one of 2019’s bestselling non-fiction titles! Join us for Hackley Library’s New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion, as we discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama. Copies will be available behind the HPL reference desk one month before the discussion on a first-come, first-served basis. This discussion will take place from 6-7 PM, on Monday, February 24 in Hackley Library. Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions. Free to the public!


Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 29
Muskegon native Jon Covington’s documentary Black Man comes to life in a live version at Hackley Public Library! Unfolding past and present-day stories of African American men, this compelling event will showcase influential and universal stories from all walks of life. Don’t miss the riveting occasion, Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN, happening from 2-4 PM on Saturday, February 29 at Hackley Library. All ages are welcome! This event is free.


Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440


231.722.8000 – Main phone number / Circulation Desk
231.722.8011 – Reference Desk
231.722.8014 – Youth Services


About the Hackley Public Library
The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.
The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs.
For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Reference: 231-722-8011, Circulation: 231-722-8000,, or @hackleyref. Visit our Flickr PR album: