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12 BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS IN BROOKLYN

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by Michael Bieber

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Check out these 12 fun events celebrating Black History Month in Brooklyn this February, including family shows and kids' workshops in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights.

 

Brooklyn’s greatness has everything to do with its diversity. The same can be said about America and, I guess, the whole planet. But when it comes to African-American life and culture, there’s a different cause for celebration and reflection. Black History Month is about celebrating African-American contributions to our culture while reflecting on this group’s historic struggle for equal footing and acceptance in the mainstream. Here, some local events to help you do both:

 

Soul StepsSoul Steps

Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, Prospect Heights

Feb. 2

This NYC-based group revels in step dancing, examining the style’s early roots in South African mines up to its present style, which includes high-impact choreography and exciting call-and-response interludes that make the audience active participants. FREE!

 

Shadow Box Theater Presents ‘The African Drum’

PS 3, The Bedford Village School, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Feb. 2

A mainstay production of the Shadow Box Theater, this show uses shadow puppetry to convey African folktales with accompaniment from drums and a guitar.

 

Frederick Douglass portraitWords Are Freedom

Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, Prospect Heights

Sundays in February

Throughout February, the Brooklyn Public Library offers a series called Words Are Freedom, which will explore the writings of former slaves. FREE!

Feb. 3: Nat Turner

Feb. 10: Frederick Douglass

Feb. 17: Nightjohn

Feb. 24: Harriet Jacobs

 

Parachute Physics

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Feb. 3

Parachute Physics examines the contributions of African-American paratroopers during the Second World War.

 

Phyllis Rose Dance Company

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Feb. 9

The company performs an all-ages program of music, dancing, and folktales that celebrates African culture as it exists worldwide.

 

Curtis FullerThe Curtis Fuller Quintet

Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall, Park Slope

Feb. 16

Fuller is one of modern jazz's most important trombonists, and his work as a leader and sideman (playing and recording with Coltrane and Blakey) have earned him the right to be considered a true giant of jazz.

 

'Anansi the African Spiderman'

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Feb. 20

The tale will be read aloud, and the story will be followed by an arts and crafts session.

 

Black History Month Reading Circle

Brooklyn Public Library, Canarsie branch

Feb. 21

Teens bring their favorite work by a great African-American poet or novelist, or a speech by an inspiring African-American figure, to read out loud and discuss with the group. Original works are also welcome. FREE!

 

Gameshow: Black History Month

Brooklyn Children’s Musuem, Crown Heights

Feb. 23

Kids ages 4 and older enjoy a game of trivia relating to African-American history and Black History Month. FREE!


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