By Gail Warren

5 Fun Events that Celebrate Black History Month in Queens

January 24, 2013   |  News & Tips  

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These 5 fun and low-cost Black History Month events for kids in Queens this February include performances, family workshops, and historical exhibits in Bayside, Corona, Jamaica, and Flushing.

Donnie McClurkin

Donnie McClurkin will flex his Grammy-winning vocals near the end of the month

Celebrate the rich history and varied artistry of African-Americans during Black History Month. There are a number of events to enjoy throughout Queens:


African-American Works in MoMA’s Collection

Central Library, Jamaica

Feb. 2

See vital artwork by black artists including Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Kara Walker, and discuss the social and political context in which they were made, at African-American Works in MoMA’s Collection. FREE!


MoMA Presents: Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration Series: 1941

Langston Hughes Library, Corona

Feb. 9

See more of Lawrence’s work at MoMA Presents: Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration Series: 1941, which highlights the late artist’s work surrounding the mass migration of African-Americans from the South to the North during the first half of the 20th century. FREE!


Celebrate Black History Month with Javaka Steptoe

Central Library, Jamaica

Feb. 9

Enjoy an afternoon with this celebrated children's book author and illustrator as he shares his work and inspires children of all ages. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE!


Black Stars of the Great White Way

Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside

Feb. 17

Music and the performing arts have always been a part of the African-American experience. Enjoy an evening of Broadway showstoppers at Black Stars of the Great White Way. This all-male musical tribute features original cast members from Broadway hits such as Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin, along with Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis from Porgy & Bess and legendary song and dance man Maurice Hines.


Donnie McClurkin in Concert

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, Flushing

Feb. 23

Catch Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin in concert. McClurkin is known worldwide as the tall, raspy tenor who commands attention with his powerful and rich sounding vocals.


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