Black History 365

We’re excited to share resources and events that can support you and your students in celebrating black history and culture during Black History Month and throughout the year.

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Events around NYC

Check out the events listed out or find more events on these sites:

  • NYC Parks Black History Month
  • Black History Month 2016 Events in New York City
  • CBS New York – 6 Best Events To Celebrate Black History Month In New York City
  • – 10 Ways to Honor Black History Month 2016 in New York City

The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre (Exhibition at Schomburg Center): The Schomburg Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of the renowned American Negro Theatre (ANT). Known to the locals as “The Harlem Library Little Theatre,” the ANT was founded in 1940 as a community space for thespians to work in productions that illustrated the diversity of black life. This exhibition is taken entirely from the Schomburg Collections and highlights the ANT’s stage productions from 1940 through 1949 with photographs, posters, playbills, and news clippings. Images include scenes from successful plays such as Anna Lucasta, studio workshops, and radio broadcasts featuring prominent talent like Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Lofton Mitchell, whose careers all began at the ANT. For more information, visit their website.

Sunday, February 21; 3:00pm – Malcom X: Liberation Faith Leader (Schomburg Center): In collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum, this year’s commemoration of the assassination of Malcolm X will focus on the intersections of his legacy as a liberation faith leader and human rights activist. Highlighting the scholarship and direct actions that are building around contemporary dialogues on anti-blackness and Islamophobia, a conversation between theologian Dr. Obery Hendricks and activist Linda Sarsour will be moderated by anthropologist and journalist Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz. As a follow-up to last year’s programming on the global imprint of Malcolm’s work, our aim is to present an interdisciplinary and intergenerational conversation about his teachings in relation to present day racial and religious struggles in the U.S. and globally. Click here to learn more and register to attend!

Wednesday, February 24; 5:00pm-6:30pm – Taking It to the Schools: 1960s Civil Rights Activism in NYC Schools (Museum of the City of NY): Today’s ongoing debate about school segregation and achievement gaps in New York City’s schools harken back to activism during the Civil Rights Movement. At this kick-off event in our series featuring resident scholars presenting on activism topics, Dominique Jean-Louis will explore the roots of this history in the 1960s and ’70s. She’ll touch on the 1964 school boycott, the 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville teacher strike, and the student protests at City College and Columbia University at the close of the decade. Click here to learn more about this free evening lecture.

Saturday, February 27; 1:00pm-5:00pm – Harlem Swing: Black History Month Family Day (Museum of the City of NY): Come celebrate Black History Month with a day of learning and fun including performances and lessons from the Harlem Swing Dance Society, intergenerational storytelling, mural making, and tasty cooking demonstration by local Harlem chefs! Click here to learn more and register to attend!

Monday, February 29; 6:30pm – The Lapidus Center Presents: Slavery and Memory (Schomburg Center): This enlightening discussion will focus on memory, commemorations, and legacies of the slave trade and slavery, and feature panelists John Cummings and Ibrahima Seck of the Whitney Plantation and Museum; Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman; architect Rodney Leon; and University of Pennsylvania professor Salamishah Tillett. This program is brought to you by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Click here to learn more and register to attend!