On the heels of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, Black History Month honors the history of African Americans in the United States and pays homage to the outstanding men and women of color whose contributions have helped shape the world of today. With a rich history all its own, New York comes to life during the month of February to celebrate these great men and women and the help educate residents and visitors alike in the rich history of African American culture through the years. Check out this list for a look at just some of what the city has to offer during this month of observance.
Feb 4-7 | 91 Claremont Ave at 120th Street
The largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States returns to New York this February to continue its mission of empowering artists and non-artists alike to express themselves through their culture and ideas. The show features a gallery for artists to exhibit their work as well as a floor to sell their pieces as well.
Feb 17 & 24 | Apollo Theater
Wednesday nights bring out the new talent at the Apollo with one of its most famous attractions. Helping to launch the careers of many famous performers and groups, this series of performances all year long gives the stage to up and coming acts and allows them their chance to shine.
Through Feb 26 | Arsenal Gallery, Central Park
This exhibit honors and celebrates the noted government officials as well as activists and members of the public who dedicated their lives to the greater good of the people of America with works from a variety of artists.
Feb 27| St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th Street
The Harlem Chamber Players invite all to attend the 8th annual celebration of Black History Month with the help of several musicians and performers including Janinah Burnett, and Eric K. Washington.
Feb 18-21| 161-4 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11432
Join the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning for their celebration of Black History Month, including music, art exhibits, a film screening, and a four night performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play FENCES by award-winning playwright August Wilson which explores the evolving African-American experience during the 1950’s.
Since 2007, Taste Harlem has been offering food and cultural tours of one of the most recognizable areas of New York. With tours ranging from architectural and neighborhood walks to exploring some of the best food spots in the area, Taste Harlem delves deep into the rich history that has made Harlem the cultural landmark it is today.