Black History Month in Brooklyn and Beyond: 2022 Edition

February is Black History Month! Here are events (both in person and online) and resources to help you and your kids educate and celebrate all month long.

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Faith Ringgold: American People
Opening Thursday, February 17th; on view through June 5th
New Museum
Bringing together over fifty years of work, “Faith Ringgold: American People” provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the artist’s impactful vision. Ringgold is one of the most influential cultural figures of her generation, with a career linking the multi-disciplinary practices of the Harlem Renaissance to the political art of young Black artists working today.
Also check out Faith Ringgold's books available from BPL.

Faith Ringgold


Ron's Big Mission
Saturday, February 19th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Brooklyn Public Library Online
In this program, Miss Caitlyn will explore the concept of fairness & self advocacy by investigating racism and discrimination in the children’s book Ron’s Big Mission. Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by “himself.” But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage – it is a young man’s first courageous mission.


Black History Month Pop Up Shop
Sunday, February 20th
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Cortelyou Annex
Support local small businesses in our community while connecting with other small businesses. Come and spend your Sunday enjoying an awesome day with dope music, food and beautiful people!


Black History Month Pop-Up Shops
Saturdays in February - 12th, 19th, & 26th
1:00pm - 7:00pm
New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Road

All through February, New Women Space will feature an amazing mix of black small businesses and local artisans. Come support black, womxn-owned, and queer vendors.


Black Future Festival
Saturday, February 19th - Sunday, February 27th
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Join BCM for a week of reflection and future-forward fun inspired by the national celebration of peoples of the African Diaspora and Black History Month. With the help of our festival curator at Àṣẹ Dance Theater Collective BCM looks forward to presenting interactive dance performances and a Genea-Djali workshop, plus storytelling inspired by Crown Heights, a quilting workshop, local eats, and so much more!


Black in Brooklyn Trolley Tour
Saturday, February 26th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery
This trolley tour, led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent Black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists who fought for freedom in America.


WIADCA Reading Carpet
Saturday, February 26th
10:00am - 11:00am
In-person (Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center) or online (FB live stream)
Author Stephanie L. Blair will be in attendance at WIADCA's new series titled "Reading Carpet" where WIADCA will promote reading to the youth year-round. We start with Blair's book titled "Sadie's Caribbean Alphabet" in Black History Month as a launch to a year filled of learning and sharing over the important narratives within our community. We are offering free books to children attending on a first come first serve basis.



Kids Concert: Jazz!
Saturday, February 26th
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
Celebrate the joy and importance of Black History Month through music with jazz a unique fusion of jazz and classical. We'll dance, sing, and learn together in this interactive event for kids and their families.


Black History Month Celebration
Saturday, February 26th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Brooklyn Public Library Online
Join the Indigo Arts Dance and Drum Ensemble for another celebratory program! In this interactive performance for Black History Month, participants will learn fun dance steps, hear traditional folktales, try their hands at percussion, and get a front row seat to performances from top NYC dancers. Something for everyone!


Moving Together | Black History Month Series: What is the African Diaspora?
Sunday, February 27th
Join Dancewave for this multigenerational and multicultural series which highlights and celebrates the African Diaspora!


The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders
Through Monday, February 28th
Central Park Arsenal Gallery
In celebration of Black History Month, "The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders" highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black experience in New York City.


Black History Month Virtual Festival
Throughout the month of February
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Online
ASALH will hold innovative virtual programming in the month of February celebrating the 2022 Black History theme: Black Health and Wellness.


Reading and resources

Welcome to the Black History Museum

Children's singer/songwriter, musician, actress, educator and Music in the Grove alum, Kymberly Stewart is launching a new series on her YouTube channel on Monday in honor of Black History Month so be sure to tune in with the family every Monday!

black history museum kymberly


92Y Celebrates Black History Month
92Y celebrates Black History Month 2022 by sharing archived and new free talks featuring luminaries from the worlds of culture, politics, activism, and literature.


World War II: Black American History - video from CrashCourse


Art in the Parks Honoring the Black Experience
In honor of Black History Month, the selections on this page have been compiled as a sampling of monuments, sculptures, murals, and plaques, which commemorate Black historical figures and the Black experience; most are also by Black artists.


33 Black History Sites to Discover in NYC


24 Children's Books To Read To Your Kids In Honor Of Black History Month


Understanding Race in Today's Times
Explore resources shared by PSP members on race, racism, inequality, and white privilege and its complexities in everyday life.


Past events

Wednesday, February 2nd
Join the Center for Education and Civil Rights for a virtual conversation with authors Courtney E. Martin and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley. You'll need to be signed up with InsideSchools+ to attend.
Saturday, February 5th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Participate in an afternoon of service and learn about important African American activists Herbert Von King and Hattie Carthan; two remarkable leaders that helped to build community and inspired stewardship in the surrounding historic neighborhood.
Sunday, February 6th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
On this hike, the Urban Park Rangers will highlight some of the nature that served as inspiration for pieces written by well-known Black poets.
Monday, February 7th
10:15am - 5:45pm
Pass by and pick up a free grab & go craft highlighting the contributions of notable African Americans in history. This week's craft will spotlight black inventors and their inventions. Learn all about Garrett Morgan's Street light and Elijah McCoy's Steam engine while creating your own crafts.
Black History Month: Seneca Village
Sunday, February 13
1:00pm - 2:00pm
81st Street and Central Park West

Celebrate Black History Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Learn about the lives of Seneca Village's residents in the 1800s and the community's place in pre-Central Park.
Nina Simone & Heart Mapping
Tuesday, February 15th
3:30pm - 4:30pm
NYPL Online
Learn about the life and passions of singer Nina Simone, and using her voice and position to fight for racial justice. Think about what is special to you, and write or draw those things inside a heart to hang at home.

Know Justice, Know Peace: Write Your Own Protest Song!
Thursday, February 17th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brooklyn Public Library Online
What are the changes you wish to see in the world?
Explore that question through writing your very own protest song! In this workshop, we will listen to and learn about a few protest songs from different time periods and regions, explore which causes we feel most passionate about, and ultimately channel one into song!