The City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department Celebrates Black History Month

  • Businesses interested in participating in Black Business Crawl can sign up through Feb 7

The City of Detroit’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity (CRIO) Department will be celebrating Black History Month by hosting several events throughout the month of February.  CRIO will host socials around Detroit in an effort to connect entrepreneurship and civic engagement, as well as non-profit and community leaders working to make a significant change in their communities.

“Detroit has always been the home of Black leaders in our country. Black Leaders are born in Detroit, raised in Detroit and develop the grit and innovation to make significant change throughout the world. This holds true for Civil Rights Leaders, Artists and Entrepreneurs,” said CRIO Director Charity Dean. “We are really excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our ancestors and what it means to be unapologetically Black in Detroit. The Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department is proud to execute these events, as The City of Detroit continues to act on our commitment to ensure that Detroit is the place where Black people thrive.”


Here is a list of planned City of Detroit sponsored events:

  • On February 17th the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department will host an event educating attendees on what it means to create generational wealth for those to follow in our footsteps, through the Securing the Bag for Detroit’s Black Future event. The event will be held at the Northwest Activities Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event will feature speakers that have proved to take control of their own financial future such as, James Chapman, Founder & CEO at Plain Sight and Entrepreneur in Residence at Quicken Loans Community Fund, Monica Wheat of Venture Catalysts and Detroit Start-up Week, as well as Serial Entrepreneurs Rick and Yolanda Williams. To further support this effort the month will end with a Black Business Resource Expo on February 28th.
  • February 18th – Black History Month Black Social, Ivy’s Kitchen, located at 9245 E. Jefferson.  The event will be held from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Dennis Archer, Jr. and State Senator Marshall Bullock.
  • February 22nd -  CRIO will promote the importance of supporting Black-Owned businesses during the Black History Month Black Business Crawl. Businesses interested in participating are able to sign up online until Friday, February 7th and the shopping guide will be available the following Monday. Businesses can register here
  • February 26th – Black History Month Social Impact Social, Great Lakes Sports Bar. The event will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • February 28th – Black History Month Black Business Expo – This event will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (Location TBD).  The Black History Month Black Business Resource Expo will provide business owners with tangible resources and information in regards to capacity building. They will hear from The City of Detroit about doing business with the city and from successful entrepreneurs on how they crafted their business strategy.
  • For more information on how you can attend our Black History Month events, check out the Eventbrite or email  [email protected].