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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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 Burial Ground National Monument

    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 was stopped, but these remains are on view in an interpretative center exploring the history of African-Americans in colonial New York.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Apollo Club Harlem

    Apollo Theater

    Manhattan

    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 and elegance of the Harlem Club environment is back in an all-new, nightclub-style show, staged as only the world-famous Apollo Theater could do it.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black Angels Over Tuskegee

    Actors’ Temple

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    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 the United States Army Air Force in World War II. The play explores the men's collective struggle with Jim Crow and their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive society.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Faith Ringgold: Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines

    MTA Subway: 125th Street

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    "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 Robinson and Josephine Baker. The opposite platform shows leaders like Malcolm X and writer Zora Neale Hurston, brought to life in mosaics that recall the cultural zenith of Harlem. The title is based on a Lionel Hampton song which Faith Ringgold heard as a child. ...

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Making Roots, and Making TV History

    Museum of the Moving Image

    Queens

    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 WNET/Thirteen.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

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

    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 like a handwritten prayer by Phillis Wheatley, one of the first known African-American poets, and the original typescript of Richard Wright's novel Native Son.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Roundtable ’63

    Kumble Theater of the Performing Arts

    Brooklyn

    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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.

    Weeksville Heritage Center

    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 of events, workshops and classes.

    Black History Month 2013

    Initiated in February 1926, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. 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.