News & Updates

6th Annual Sankofa Film Series

Since 2011, the University of Michigan Detroit Center and University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of African and African American Studies have co-sponsored the Sankofa Film Series. This inspirational and thought-provoking series features documentaries on individuals that have inspired positive change across United States…

The Colors of Justice: Women in Comics

The Colors of Justice: Women in Comics focuses on diversity in comics, with an emphasis on how women are portrayed in books, television or live action movies. The gallery will feature comics from the past and present and highlight some of the most influential female characters in comic book history.

Keynote Simulcast, 1960’s Music and Rebellion, Highlight MLK Day Activities

A simulcast of the 2017 Annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium keynote program will take place in the Ann Arbor room of the Detroit Center from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The University community is especially pleased to welcome Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, writer, producer, and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and Amy Goodman, award-winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of Democracy Now!, as speakers for the keynote memorial lecture.

44th Annual Noel Night Returns to the Detroit Center

Detroit Center will participate in the 44th annual Noel Night – opening its doors to the public from 5-9 p.m. on, Saturday, December 3. Activities include facility tours, children’s activities, and refreshments – hot chocolate, coffee and holiday cookies. Attendees will also have an opportunity to view the current Monts Hall Gallery exhibit, Jazz in Detroit Before Motown: A Photographic Exhibit. There is no charge for any of the activities.

Jazz in Detroit Before Motown: A Photographic History

There was music in Detroit before Motown in the 1960s. Detroit has a remarkable jazz history, which contributed to the Motown Sound. The exhibit tells the story of jazz in Detroit from 1920-1960 through period photos, maps, and recorded music. Several photos are those of Detroit native Bob Douglas, now a Los Angeles resident and a nationally known jazz photographer.