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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.


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 ...

Apollo Club Harlem

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

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 Through Poetry and Quilting

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Roundtable ’63

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

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.

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 ...