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Where to Celebrate Black History Month in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Black History Month in the New York Area


UPDATED JANUARY 2019: February is Black History Month, and it's a great time to learn about and explore African American history and culture. There are many places in New York City and the surrounding areas where you can do just that. Check out the events below and see where you can celebrate Black History Month all over the New York metro area.

 

Black History Month Events in Manhattan

FREE Monday Explorations: Black History Month: Creating Silhouettes
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, 4:30pm
WHERE: New York Public Library- Countee Cullen branch, 104 W. 136th St., Harlem
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: We're taking it back to the old school as we create silhouettes, a special art form that uses light and shadow to make portraits.
WANT TO GO? 212-491-2070. nypl.org/locations/countee-cullen.

Black History Month Events in Brooklyn

Story Time: Megan Reid presents Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl
WHEN:
Sunday, Feb. 2, 11:30am and 1:30am
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Reid shares Althea’s story in an informative and powerful story time to kick off Black History Month this Sunday at the bookstore!
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

ShopRite Kidz Cook
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 7, 3pm and 4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Prepare and taste some of renowned African American chef Edna Lewis's signature recipes as the museum celebrates Black History Month.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Con Edison Second Saturday Science
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 12-1pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children will make their own beauty products while learning about Madam CJ Walker's legacy as part of the Children's Museum's Black History Month celebrations.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

ShopRite Kidz Cook
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 28, 3pm and 4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Prepare and taste some of renowned African American chef Edna Lewis's signature recipes as the museum celebrates Black History Month.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Visual Arts Studio
WHEN: Feb. 1-29, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Construct work in honor of Betye Saar and learn about her life as the museum celebrates celebrate Black History Month.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Black History Month Events in Queens 

Children’s Book Club and Performance Series
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: See Afro-Brazil music and dancing to celebrate Black History Month!
WANT TO GO? $9. 718-631-6311. visitqpac.org.

FREE Black History Music Trivia For Families
WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 6, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library – Rochdale Village Branch, 169-09 137th Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the influences of African Americans on musical genres such as R&B, jazz, rap, and more. After enjoying some sample tunes play a "Name That Genre" musical trivia game. Join for some fun and prizes!
WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Go Far, Go Together: Who Is Barack Obama
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library – Queensboro Hill Branch, 60-05 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 13 and younger
WHAT: Children will learn about President Barack Obama and make a Barack Obama bookmark.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Queensboro-Hill.

FREE Go Far, Go Together Collage
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4-4:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library – East Flushing Branch, 196-36 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children will make colorful paper collages that will represent Black History Month.
WANT TO GO? 718-357-6643. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Go Far, Go Together: From George Washington Carver to Oprah Winfrey
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library – Fresh Meadows Branch, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows
AGES: 11-12
WHAT: Test your trivia knowledge and learn about the incredible achievements of some of the most inspiring members of the African-American community past and present. This trivia program is for 4th to 6th graders. No registration is needed.
WANT TO GO? 718-454-7272. https://www.queenslibrary.org.

FREE Teen Black History Movie: 'Selma'
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-6:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library – Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Celebrate Black History Month with a special teen movie screening of Selma.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110. queenslibrary.org.



FREE His Dream: A Look at the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: Queens Library – St. Albans Branch, 191-05 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two film screenings.

11am: King of the Wilderness: Through personal stories of the people who were around him, this film follows Martin Luther King, Jr. during the last years of his life.

1pm: Selma: The true story of courage and hope that changed the world forever.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8196. http://www.queenslibrary.org/branch/st.albans?filters=ev_loc.

FREE Go Far, Go Together: African American Inventors
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library – Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 8-12
WHAT: In this special STEAM activity, we are inspired by the work of African American inventors. No registration necessary; supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Flushing.

FREE Annual Langston Hughes Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11am
WHERE: Queens Library – Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Black History month at the library with film screenings, poetry, and an opera performance.
WANT TO GO? 718-651-1100. queenslibrary.org/branch/Langston-Hughes.

Black History Month Current Heroes Series for Kids
WHEN: Feb. 3-24, see website for times
WHERE: Queens Library – Queensboro Hill Branch, 60-05 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Learn about modern trailblazers who are still alive. Then make beautiful bookmarks using plastic gems and ribbons.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. queenslibrary.org.

 

Black History Month Events on Long Island

FREE Celebrate Black History Month with KG Group Entertainment
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7-8pm
WHERE: Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
AGES: All
WHAT: Don’t miss the celebration! Music, fashion show, games & more. Celebrate with the entire family! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-223-6228. baldwinpl.org.

Black History Experience
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-8pm
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 7-12
WHAT: Learn about the history and different styles of African American poetry during this interactive, author-led workshop. You will then create your own poetry masterpiece to share. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

FREE Celebrate Black History Month!
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7pm
WHERE: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
AGES: 5-13
WHAT: Paint and create while listening to the music of Jazz's finest musician, Louis Armstrong. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-2360. oceansidelibrary.com.

Whalers Wanted
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: See examples of harpoons and whale oil up close, and find out how black whalers changed history in honor of Black History Month. Carve a scrimshaw box to take home.
WANT TO GO? $12; $6 members. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

FREE Celebrate Black History Month: George Crum and the Potato Chip
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 24, 6-7pm
WHERE: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Learn about how the potato chip came about and its creator George Crum. Then we will sample different potato chip brands and vote for our favorite. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-2360. oceansidelibrary.com.

 

Black History Month Events in Westchester County

Spoken Word Workshop: Honoring Black History Month
WHEN:
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES: All
WHAT: Yonkers-based spoken word poet Marcus John will perform with instrumentation and invite the audience to create their own word portraits celebrating prominent African Americans in US history. Followed by a book signing.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 seniors 62 and older, students, veterans; $4 ages 3-18; free for members and children younger than 3. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

Printmaking Workshop: Honoring Black History Month
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:30pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: In this workshop, visitors will create portraits of Black leaders in US history through a relief printmaking technique. Carve your image into a Styrofoam block and make or select stamps for your batik-inspired background. Then, ink your block and apply the portraits and patterns to paper for your finished work of art.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 seniors 62 and older, students, veterans; $4 ages 3-18; free for members and children younger than 3. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.



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Main image: The Young People's Chorus of New York City featuring American baritone Lester Lynch.
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