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Updated: Feb 18, 2022

Hello everyone, due to this evening's weather advisory forecast, this event has been CANCELED. It has been RESCHEDULED for Sunday, February 27, 2022, same time, same place!!! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Stay tuned! PLEASE SHARE!

The Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP in Collaboration with Galilee Baptist Church. You are invited to watch this epic movie with us.

This event is FREE and open to the community!! Masks will be required and social distancing will be followed.

What: Selma

When: Friday, February 18 - RESCHEDULED for Sunday, February 27

Where: Galilee Baptist Church

1216 N Westnedge

Time: doors open at 5:30 pm, movie starts at 6:30 pm

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Cradle Kalamazoo is a multi-agency community initiative working to reduce the Black infant mortality rate in Kalamazoo County. Our goal is for all babies to survive their first year of life! All items collected will be donated to the YWCA of Kalamazoo in support of the Cradle Kalamazoo Community Baby Showers, which are held quarterly. All items must be new.

Drive-thru locations to drop off donations:

9-11:00 am

Unitarian Universalist Community Church

10441 Shaver Rd.

Portage Mi 49024


St. Michael Lutheran

7211 Oakland Dr

Portage Mi 49024


Frederick Douglass Community Association

1000 W. Paterson St

Kalamazoo Mi 49007

If you'd like to drop off your donation before February 26, please just bring it to the Douglass Community Association M-F 8 am - 5:00 pm.

Download list of items:

Community Baby Shower Item List - 2022
Download PDF • 643KB



FEBRUARY 4, 2022



In collaboration with the Black Arts & Cultural Center and the Metropolitan Kalamazoo branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Kalamazoo Valley’s Center for New Media will host its second annual Black Arts Exhibit in February. The event, held in observance of Black History Month, will highlight the works of local Black artists, and provide a shared connection to the rich Black cultural heritage in the Kalamazoo area. All forms of creative art and mediums will be accepted.

Physical work(s) and a digital image copy(s) of work for the February art exhibit should be delivered to Cindy Parks at The Center for New Media on the Arcadia Commons Campus. Please schedule a date and time for delivery by contacting Cindy at or by phone at 269-373-7881. Works must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 28.

With news of the February Art Hop cancellation, we would like to let interested artists know that we are still accepting applications for the Black Artists Exhibit. We won't have the formal exhibit opening like we usually do, but we will keep any artwork on display for the whole month of February so that patrons may come visit during our usual work hours. Please remember to submit both physical and digital copies of your work, and turn in the Call for Entries and Loan Agreement documents too. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Wilson ( or Cindy Parks (

Access the Gallery Requirements, Exhibit Guidelines and Call for Entries form at or download below.

Call for Entries:

Download PDF • 235KB

Gallery Requirements:

Download PDF • 55KB

Loan Agreement:

Black Artists 2022 Loan_Agreement
Download PDF • 97KB

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