It’s Black History Month and all month long we’re celebrating our culture, heritage and contributions to the nation here in NYC. Here’s our top 9 picks for events you should check out this month:
Attend a free preview screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Derived from James Baldwin’s incomplete final novel, “Remember This House”, I Am Not Your Negro ponders what it means to be Black in America. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the producer, Hebert Peck, and a post-program reception.
I Am Not Your Negro opens nationwide on February 3rd.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
253 West 125th Street – Harlem, NYC
The Apollo Theater will be hosting an afternoon of programs which includes live performances, workshops, and panel discussions. Visitors will be receiving a free look at the iconic theater’s history and current programming.
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Knowledge is power and if you want to stay woke you have to educate yourself. As part of their Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, the New York Public Library offers this program that examines the scope of Black power then and now. Topics will range from Malcolm X and the Black Arts Movement to the struggle of police brutality from 1967 to Ferguson, present day.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tour Beverly Buchanan’s Ruins and Rituals exhibition at Target First Saturdays then get hands on and create your own sculpture during an art-making workshop. Other free events include live music, dance performances, talks and a screening of Fit The Description, a documentary on the conversation between Black male officers and civilians.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Museum at FIT
FIT will be highlighting Black designers and models with their latest exhibition running through May. Covering 60 designers from 1950s to present day, the museum will host a one-day symposium on February 6th, featuring talks by designers, models, journalists, and scholars on African diasporic culture and fashion.
The exhibition ends May 16, 2017
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.
53rd Street Library
Do The Right Thing (1989) – February 1
Malcolm X (1992) – February 8
Straight Outta Compton (2015) – February 15
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Queens Botanical Garden
Take your child to learn all about George Washington Carver and his contributions to botany, paint using plants and create a healing lotion to take home with you. Tickets are $6 per child. Guardians are free.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn Borough Presidents hosts the annual Black History Month Celebration of African art, music and dance. Dinner and beverages will be served while supplies last.
Various dates/tours available
Take a tour around Harlem’s historic neighborhood guided by born and raised Harlem residents. Harlem Heritage Tours offers several enriching walking tours around the community sharing the legacy and culture on jazz, gospel, art and food.
Tickets for tours start at $25
Check your local cultural institution, community center or library for Black History Month events in your area.