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NYC events to help you celebrate Black History Month

January 27, 2019 - 1:40 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – There will be plenty of ways to celebrate Black History Month across New York City, from musical performances to exhibits and city walks. Here are some notable events being held throughout February.

NYC Parks

NYC Parks is taking part in a dozen events throughout the month focusing on the trials and triumphs of the black experience in the U.S. They include park tours, lectures, craft activities and a visit to the birthplace of hip-hop in the Bronx.

Museum of the Moving Image

This film-focused museum in Queens will have a movie screening every Friday throughout the month programmed by Warrington Hudlin, who is vice chairman of the museum and president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Films include documentaries about African martial arts and hip-hop dancers of the 1980s and 90s.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This Harlem center has a slate of events planned, including a Black Lives Matter teen conference and a talk revisiting Alex Haley's biography of Malcom X. There’s also a performance by the Harlem Chamber Players and an exhibit on the transatlantic slave trade.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met will explore art from sub-Saharan Africa with African objects from its collection.

Wallach Art Gallery

This Columbia University art gallery is showing an exhibition, “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today.” The exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure in modern art, with a focus on the black female figure.

Brooklyn Museum

The exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” explores “a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983.” There are over 150 artworks in the exhibition.

Brooklyn Historical Society

There’s a range of events at this museum, including a long-running exhibit, “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” as well as discussions like “Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence” and “Voices from Obama’s West Wing.”

Sheen Center

This culture center on the Bowery is hosting several film and theater events throughout the month. Among them is a screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Mississippi Burning” and an immersive theater presentation created in conjunction with the American Slavery Project.

United Nations

The UN has a special Black History Month tour that includes a visit to the UN's permanent memorial to the victims of slavery, the Ark of the Return.

The Apollo Theater

On Feb. 2, this Harlem institution is celebrating its 85th anniversary and Black History Month. “Throughout the afternoon, artists and thought leaders will examine the Apollo’s cultural legacy and our upcoming season through dance, music, storytelling, and film,” the theater says. There will also be musical performances throughout the month. More.

African American & Black Heritage NYC Tours

This company offers tours that “are carefully researched to highlight the hidden history and contributions of black people in New York City.” There are a number of tours that focus on everything from the Harlem Renaissance to the Underground Railroad and the history of African American culture in the boroughs.

Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

Take a trolley tour through this classic cemetery and visit the resting places of notable African Americans like Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeremiah Hamilton, the city’s first black millionaire.

Harlem Fine Arts Show

It’s the tenth year for this celebration of African American art. It includes exhibitions and art for sale. There’s an opening reception with live jazz, among other events.

Lincoln Center Kids 

Lincoln Center Kids is presenting “Soundtrack ‘63,” a special show chronicling events from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter through performance.

Historic places to check out

African Americans have had a profound influence on the culture and history of New York City, and there are plenty of places that bring that story to life.  Among them: the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Langston Hughes House, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and the Weeksville Heritage Center.