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Initiated in February 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. From a research center in Harlem to the historic black community of Weeksville, Brooklyn, there are scores of New York City cultural organizations that focus year-round on African-American art, films, research, history and culture.

During the month of February, provocative talks, exhibits and exciting performances going on throughout the city take a look at black leaders, activists, artists and authors who have made their mark in American history.


About Face: Photographic Collages Celebrating the Art of African-American Face Painting

Artist Nikki Williams presents "About Face: A Photographic Collage Celebrating the art of African American Face Painting."

African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images of Hope

An evening of poetry with actress and author Sherry Reiter and spoken-word artist and performer Barbara Bethea. The strong parallels ...

African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde

This exhibition highlights the specific African artifacts acquired by the New York avant-garde and its most influential patrons during the ...

African Children’s Choir

An uplifting evening of music and hope in celebration of black history month.

Apollo Club Harlem

Harlem was home to New York’s hottest clubs in the '30s and '40s, where the music of Billie, Ella, Dinah, ...

Ashé to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery

The exhibition examines the complex place of the Bible in the life and art of African Americans, with particular emphasis ...

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

You don't need to see the film 'Red Tails' by George Lucas to get the Tuskegee Airmen story. This play ...

Black History Month Benefit Concert

Works by Bach, Brahms, Bartok, William Foster McDaniel performed by members of the New York City Housing Symphony Orchestra with ...

Black History Month: The Women

The Jazz Museum in Harlem celebrates Black History Month by focusing on four women who broke boundaries by their sheer ...

Black History Through Poetry and Quilting

We will read together the book "I Lay Down My Stitches" by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood, learn about ...

Black Stars of the Great White Way

Broadway choral director/arranger Chapman Roberts has created this blockbuster evening of Broadway show stoppers delivered by an all-male cast featuring ...

Blues For Smoke

Featuring the work of visual artists such as David Hammons, Zoe Leonard and Jean-Michel Basquiat alongside the music of jazz, ...

Composers Now: Contemporary Creativity Through the African Diaspora

Panelist include: Afro-Cuban composer Yosvany Terry, Afro-funk expressionist composer Major Andres Scurlock, and prominent African-American visual artists.

Detroit ’67

It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends ...

Discussing New York’s Burial Ground with Dr. Martia G. Goodson

In honor of Black History Month, join historian Dr. Martia G. Goodson, author of "New York's African Burial Ground," for ...

The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

Continuing its commitment to recognizing the history of Civil Rights in this country, the New-York Historical Society will exhibit approximately ...

Dreamgirls

"Dreamgirls" is a musical based on the show-business aspirations and successes of renowned R&B acts: The Supremes, The Shirelles, James ...

The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble 34th Annual Concert

The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble in collaboration with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents its 34th Annual Concert, "Release ...

Faith Ringgold: Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines

“Flying Home” is a mosaic mural that honors Harlem notables and makes them fly. The mural on one platform depicts ...

Family Legacies: A New Book by the New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

Join the authors of Family Legacies, a new book from the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the ...

Film & Discussion: Prep School Negro

This documentary looks at the hurdles faced by prep school students of color, namely filmmaker André Robert Lee, whose full ...

Fore

"Fore" presents 29 emerging artists of African descent who live and work across the United States. Born between 1971 and ...

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will ...

I Am Black Art

1199SEIU Bread and Roses Cultural Project presents "I Am Black Art," an exhibition featuring the works of Tyson Hall and ...

Making Roots, and Making TV History

A discussion with "Roots" stars Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, and Leslie Uggams, moderated by Donald Thoms. Presented ...

Mary Lou Williams Celebration

Celebrating the renowned African-American musician Mary Lou Williams, a jazz pianist, composer, and innovator.

Medgar Evers Black History Month Art Exhibit

The Medgar Evers College Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the College’s Council on Visual Arts presents its annual ...

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 chronicles the vital legacy of the African American arts community in ...

Ouattara Watts: The Project Room

Drawing on his African roots and experiences as a New Yorker, Ouattara Watts creates mixed-media paintings that transcend geography to ...

Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken and Latkes

"Fried Chicken and Latkes," written and conceived by Rain Pryor, is a hero’s journey from the standpoint of a person ...

Roundtable ’63

Roundtable '63 is an inter-generational modern day civil rights round table dialogue re-examining the relevance of the moral, social, political, ...

Show Way

In Show Way, 11-year old Toshi Georgiana has lost a beloved family heirloom. As she searches for it, she is ...

Tar Baby

The celebrated Huffington Post and NY Magazine comedian Desiree Burch presents Tar Baby, the tale of America’s black-and-white love affair ...

This Week in Blackness: How to Be Black with Elon James White and Baratunde Thurston

Thurston and White take the library's stage for a night of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Visualizing Emancipation

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Schomburg presents 171 pre– and post– Civil War era photographs ...

Words are Freedom

The Words are Freedom series take place every Sunday through February for Black History Month. Each program takes a look ...

The Worlds of Ntozake Shange

Join Africana Studies for a two-day celebration of playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange ’70, featuring student performances of her ...