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.

This year, Thirteen/WNET, along with PBS, The Apollo Theater, Firelight Media, and Independent Lens is hosting a free screening of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people.

    Dapline! | A Theatrical Premiere

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | New York Public Library

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 7:00 pm - Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 11:00 pm

    Dapline! is a choreographic collaboration between LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery stemming from Hamilton’s project, Five on the Black Hand Side. Both projects are long form meditations on the ritual handshake, "the DAP", a conduit for black identity and solidarity or easily interpreted as an acronym for dignity and pride.The has historic symbolic origins to a state of Black consciousness of the late 1960s among Black G.I.s during the Vietnam War. At a time ...

    Green-Wood trolley tours: Black History Month

    Green-Wood Cemetery

    Manhattan

    Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    This trolley tour will be led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, who will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists working for freedom in America.

    America: The Legacy of African American Public Service

    Central Park Arsenal Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    The year 1619 marked the beginning of the slave trade in the Thirteen Colonies, but the first African American elected to office in the United States of America has been documented as early as 1768. Despite slavery, prejudice and Jim Crow laws, America has seen numerous influential African American leaders who shaped the social, legal and justice systems to provide equal rights to a disenfranchised population.Artists in this exhibition offer broad interpretations on the theme ...

    George Washington Carver Workshop

    Queens Botanical Garden

    Queens

    Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 1:00 pm

    Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 to 12. Registration required.

    90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

    Louis Armstrong House Museum

    Queens

    Tue, Dec 22, 2015 - Sun, Oct 16, 2016

    This exhibit celebrates these landmark recordings that were the first records ever to be issued under Armstrong’s own name and represents the ground breaking recorded legacy of Louis Armstrong and this immortal group, whose music continues to influence future generations. As Armstrong himself said of his Hot Five recordings in 1970, “Ain’t nothing like it since, and can’t nobody play nothing like it now. My oldest record, can’t nobody touch it.”In honor of Black History ...

    Louis Draper

    Steven Kasher Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 14, 2016 - Sat, Feb 20, 2016

    Steven Kasher Gallery is presenting the first ever New York solo exhibition of founding Kamoinge member Louis Draper. The retrospective features over 75 vintage black and white prints spanning Draper’s career from the 1950s – 1980s. Kamoinge Workshop, the seminal and enduring black photography collective, is finally having its moment in the spotlight. The new publication and accompanying exhibition, Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge (Schiffer), commemorates the 50th anniversary of the group and presents a survey ...

    Brooklyn Abolitionists / In Pursuit of Freedom

    Brooklyn Historical Society

    Brooklyn

    Ongoing

    This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn's anti-slavery movement -- ordinary residents, black and white -- who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn's abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project.

Green-Wood trolley tours: Black History Month

Fifth Avenue and 25th Street

Brooklyn N.Y. 11232

7187687300

This trolley tour will be led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, who will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists working for freedom in America.

America: The Legacy of African American Public Service

830 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10021

2123608163

The year 1619 marked the beginning of the slave trade in the Thirteen Colonies, but the first African American elected to office in the United States of America has been documented as early as 1768. Despite slavery, prejudice and Jim Crow laws, America has seen numerous influential African American leaders ...

George Washington Carver Workshop

43-50 Main Street

queens N.Y. 11355

7188863800

Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to ...

Brooklyn Abolitionists / In Pursuit of Freedom

128 Pierrepont Street

bronx N.Y. 11201

7182224111

This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn's anti-slavery movement -- ordinary residents, black and white -- who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features ...