Black History Month 2018
From African dance to celebrations of Harriet Tubman and from hip hop's iconic places to an evening of networking at the Copacabana, we've curated a special list of events happening in New York City and Westchester this February.
18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration featuring Yusef Salaam
Friday, February 9 | 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Willcox Hall, Multi-Purpose Room, PLV Campus
On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City's Central Park. The woman was dubbed the "Central Park jogger" and the accused teens became known collectively as the "Central Park Five." One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15-years-old when his life was upended and changed forever. As an exonerated African American man and an influential transformational speaker, Salaam has traveled all around the United States and the Caribbean to deliver powerful lectures and facilitate insightful conversations as he continues to touch lives and raise important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights. RSVP for this event hosted by Pace University's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs.
Dr. Martin Luther King Lecture and Reception featuring Marc Lamont Hill, PhD
Tuesday, February 27 | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Schimmel Center, NYC Campus
Marc Lamont Hill, PhD, is one of the most gifted intellectuals of our time. He is a scholar, journalist, activist, author, and television personality. He was the host of the syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and hosts HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent and a CNN political commentator. Further, Hill hosts VH1 Live! and reunion shows for Basketball Wives. In 2016, he released his book Nobody: Causalities of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. Register for this event hosted by Pace's Black Student Union today.
In Westchester County
A Recognition of Black History Month: Harriet Tubman
Saturday, February 10 | 1:00 p.m.
Saint Paul's Church, Mount Vernon, NY
In recognition of Black History Month, Professor Deidre Cooper-Owens of Queens College/CUNY explores the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, who led scores of enslaved African Americans from the South to freedom in the North and Canada, and served as an effective spy for the Union army in the Civil War. Professor Cooper-Owens' publications include the forthcoming Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology. Reserve your ticket.
Black History Month Celebration
Saturday, February 10 | 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Whitney Young Auditorium at New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the Westchester Alliance of Black School Educators, the New Rochelle History Month Committee, and co-sponsored by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, present the annual Black History Month Celebration, including spoken word performances, art, face painting, book signings, a scavenger hunt, and more. There will also be African arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors. The theme of this year's event is freedom through activism, commemorating the life and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman. Learn more about this event.
Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Performance
Saturday, February 24 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
Traditional movements and rhythms of African village life will reverberate throughout the Ossie Davis Theater, and the audience will be swept up by this exhilarating performance by Bokandeye Dance Troupe and students, directed by the fabulous Anthony Wooden. Learn more about this event.
for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf
Saturday, February 24 | 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington, NY
In celebration of Black History Month, 4th Wall Theatre presents a fully staged reading of Ntozake Shange's 1970s groundbreaking play with a message that holds just as true today. for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf is billed as a "choreopoem" and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell the stories of love, empowerment, struggle, and loss in a complex representation of African American sisterhood. Reserve your tickets for this performance.
In New York City
Birthplace of Hip Hop Tour
Wednesdays and Fridays | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
During this experience, you'll get the chance to reminisce and learn during a rare, immersive guided adventure. Ride through Harlem and travel through the Boogie Down Bronx experiencing classic backdrops with real-time narratives from iconic, charismatic hip hop pioneers. Hush Tours will take you from Midtown Manhattan, to the site of the first ever hip hop party, plus secret battle sites, historic clubs, and famous music video and movie locations. Travel through the NYC streets and check out some of hip hop's most important landmarks. Reserve your ticket.
Black Heritage Experience
Friday, February 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Rooftop 760 at the Copacabana, New York, NY
AfropolitanNYC kicks off the new year in style with the Black Heritage Experience as part of Black History Month celebration. Head to the Copacabana for an amazing evening of connections (with more than 600 young professionals), culture, and heritage at NYC's largest, most diverse, and longest running cultural mixer for Diaspora professionals. Reserve your ticket.
Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month Concert
Thursday, February 15 | 6:30 p.m.
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Harlem Chamber Players will host their 10th annual Black History Month Celebration, co-presented by the Schomburg Center. This concert will feature Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Nonet for piano, winds, and strings, and Major Scurlock will make his debut with the Harlem Chamber Players. Learn more about this event.
Harlem Fine Arts Show
Thursday, February 15–Sunday, February 18
The Riverside Church, New York, NY
The annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, which includes a fine arts exhibition and sale, celebrates African American art in all its forms. The opening gala is hosted by the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta and salutes African Americans in medicine with live music and passed hors d'oeuvres. This multi-day event also focuses on youth empowerment and black health matters. Learn more about this event and order your tickets today.
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