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.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013, 5:30 pm
An evening of poetry with actress and author Sherry Reiter and spoken-word artist and performer Barbara Bethea. The strong parallels in the poetry of African Americans and Jewish Americans will ...
In May 1991, the General Services Administration unearthed the skeletal remains of nearly 400 individuals of predominantly African ancestry while preparing to erect a building in Lower Manhattan. The building ...
Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
Harlem was home to New York’s hottest clubs in the '30s and '40s, where the music of Billie, Ella, Dinah, Sarah, Duke and Dizzy became legend. Now the glamour, electricity ...
You don't need to see the film 'Red Tails' by George Lucas to get the Tuskegee Airmen story. This play follows six of the airmen as they become pilots in ...
Mon, Feb 04, 2013, 8:00 pm
Works by Bach, Brahms, Bartok, William Foster McDaniel performed by members of the New York City Housing Symphony Orchestra with Tali Makell, conductor.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
We will read together the book "I Lay Down My Stitches" by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood, learn about events in history, view quilting images and participate in a ...
Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 12:00 pm
Panelist include: Afro-Cuban composer Yosvany Terry, Afro-funk expressionist composer Major Andres Scurlock, and prominent African-American visual artists.
Continuing its commitment to recognizing the history of Civil Rights in this country, the New-York Historical Society will exhibit approximately thirty photographs by MacArthur Fellow Camilo José Vergara, who has ...
Sat, Feb 02, 2013, 7:00 pm
The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble in collaboration with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents its 34th Annual Concert, "Release Your Song," featuring music of the African American Religious Experience
“Flying Home” is a mosaic mural that honors Harlem notables and makes them fly. The mural on one platform depicts performers, painters and sports figures like Dinah Washington, Sugar Ray ...
Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
This documentary looks at the hurdles faced by prep school students of color, namely filmmaker André Robert Lee, whose full scholarship for an elite education cost more than anyone could ...
Mon, Feb 04, 2013, 7:00 pm
A discussion with "Roots" stars Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, and Leslie Uggams, moderated by Donald Thoms. Presented in collaboration with Pioneers of Television, the PBS series on ...
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
Celebrating the renowned African-American musician Mary Lou Williams, a jazz pianist, composer, and innovator.
One of the most important locations outside of Africa for the study of the history and culture of peoples of African descent, the center boasts five million volumes, including rarities ...
Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
Roundtable '63 is an inter-generational modern day civil rights round table dialogue re-examining the relevance of the moral, social, political, educational and human rights issues of 1963 versus 2013.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
Thurston and White take the library's stage for a night of laugh-out-loud comedy.
This historic museum preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African-American community of Weeksville. In addition to tours of the Hunterfly Road houses, there are a variety ...
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 6:00 pm
Join Africana Studies for a two-day celebration of playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange ’70, featuring student performances of her work, reflections on her legacy with Shange herself and acclaimed ...