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Best five events to attend during Women's History Month


Sojourner Truth - abolitionist and women's rights activist

Women raise children solo. Women fight wars. Women create art. Yet, women only make 77 cents on the dollar of what men earn. It’s obvious that women are still struggling to gain equality.

During March, we acknowledge women’s struggle for equality and celebrate their achievements. Here in the D, there are five Women’s History events you don’t want to miss:

“Girls’ Night Out” - The Detroit Zoo
This overnight adventure will allow girls to meet the women who work at the Zoo, including members of the animal care staff. Girls age 5 and older and their female chaperones ages 18 and older will also experience a late-night tour of the Zoo, craft projects, marshmallow roasts, a movie and breakfast at an animal habitat. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13 until 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 14. Cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call (248) 541-5717, ext. 3800 or e-mail education@detroitzoo.org.

Tribute to Lucille Clifton - Marygrove College
Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator. Marygrove College’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will celebrate her legacy on Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. during “An Evening Coffee House.” The event will feature poets, musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers. The cost is $5. For more information, contact Loretta Woodward at lwoodward@marygrove.edu or (313) 927-1452.

Women in Jazz VI – Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center
This elegant concert will feature the vocal stylings of Jiana Hunter, Shahida Nurullah, Naima Shamborguer, Ursula Walker and emerging artist, Hanniyah Cross. The performance will be held on Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information call (313) 965-8430.

Black Women Rock! Weekend - Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Join Tamar Kali, Imani Uzuri, Steffanie Chris’tian and jessica Care moore on Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. This concert feature artists who have spent their careers fighting biases and breaking down barriers of image, politics and sexuality in the music industry. On Sunday, March 28th at 1 p.m., jessica Care moore and Piper Carter will lead a conversation for aspiring female musicians who write, play or sing music. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit www.CharlesHWrightMuseum.org for more information.

Spoken Word with Detroit’s Poet Laureate – Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center
Detroit’s Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett will be featured on Sunday March 28 for an afternoon of spoken word. This Wayne State University sponsored event will feature Hilda Vest, Marilyn Rashid and Melba Joyce Boyd with accompaniment by jazz bassist Marion Hayden. The readings will begin at 3:00 p.m. For more information call (313) 965-8430.


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