Best Black History Month events in NYC
Every month, Brooklyn Museum opens its doors for a free evening of talks, music, art workshops and curator-led tours of exhibitions. This "Soul if a Nation" installment features live performances from percussionist Winard Harper and singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon, talks with prominent artists, pop-up poetry readings, a screening of the 2018 film Mr. Soul and more.
Taste Harlem offers food and cultural tours of one of New York’s most celebrated nabes. The History & Architectural Landscape Tour explores the most spectacular features of notable theaters, religious buildings and residential homes, as well as the history of Harlem’s transformation from one of the largest Jewish neighborhoods in the world to the home of its current mixed population. Location disclosed after ticket purchase.
Take a trolley tour through Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, where notables like Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first female black doctor in New York State, Jeremiah Hamilton, New York City’s first black millionaire, and Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat have been laid to rest.
Works by 60 contributors recall an era in the 1970s when African-American artists grappled with the cultural changes wrought by the Civil Rights movement.
The 10th annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, which includes a fine-arts exhibition and sale, celebrates African-American art in all its forms. The opening reception hosted by Madison Square Boys & Girls Club salutes African-Americans in Technology with a champagne toast and live jazz, Friday and Saturday focuses on youth empowerment among other outstanding events throughout the weekend.
This exhibition at the Schomburg Center features intimate, lesser-known photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including photos of his pilgrimage to India, his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Norway and other moments of travel, rest and celebration throughout his life. The exhibit marks the 60th anniversary of the first biography of King, Dr. L.D. Reddick's Crusader Without Violence.