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.