Black History Month in Brooklyn and Beyond: 2024 Edition

February is Black History Month! Keep checking back here for events to help your family educate and celebrate all month long.


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Brooklyn CookMobile x Saratoga: Soul Food Series
Tuesday, February 13th
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Saratoga Library

Hungry to learn some new skills? Join us this Black History Month as we team up with Brooklyn CookMobile to create 2 traditional African American dishes. Ages 13-19! Registration required!

 

Book Adventures: Story and Craft
Thursday, February 15th
3:30pm - 4:15pm
Macon Library

Come listen to a story and do a corresponding craft! To celebrate Black History Month, we'll read about drums, then make our own shaking sticks!

 

Black History Month Movie @ Macon: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Thursday, February 15th
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Macon Library

Join us at Macon for a "pulsating panorama of 'Black, beautiful, proud'" (Tambay Obenson, IndieWire), Questlove's acclaimed Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).

 

16th Annual Black History Month Celebration
Thursday, February 15th
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents The Harlem Chamber Players’ 16th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This concert will feature three phenomenal Black women.

 

African Dancing and Folktales Workshop

Saturday, February 17th   

11:00am - 12:00pm    

Macon Library

Audience members become the storytellers in a series of African folktales as our facilitator Caren guides them through an interactive African Dance class. The whole family will get to try their hand at new steps and rhythms, learn about African percussion instruments, and experience stories from different cultures! Accompanied by live percussion music. (age 4+)

 

Hands-on History: Black History & Literature Book Giveaway
Saturday, February 17th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
King Manor Museum

Thanks to the generous donations from the Growing Up Green school and BlaQue Resource Network, King Manor Museum has dozens of books dedicated to Black history and literature left over from our Back-to-School Book Giveaway in September. We are giving them all away for free this Black History Month!

 

Brooklyn and the Abolitionist Movement
Sunday, February 18th
11:00am - 12:30pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park

Juneteenth is a commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in the United States. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a walk discussing Brooklyn's significant history to the abolitionist movement in the United States. Registration is required. Registration opens on Wednesday February 7.

 

Black Future Festival
Sunday, February 18th - Sunday, February 25th
Brooklyn Children's Museum

Join us for a week of reflection and future-forward fun inspired by the national celebration of the African Diaspora and Black History Month. With our guest curator, Kendra J. Bostock and STooPS, we’ll be presenting workshops, dance performances, storytelling, and more.

 

Book Adventures: All about Alma Thomas

Tuesday, February 20th   

4:00pm - 5:00pm    

Adams Street, Multipurpose Room

Come listen to a story and do a corresponding craft! This week we’ll be celebrating Black History month by learning all about artist and teacher, Alma Thomas. We will read Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas.

 

Brooklyn CookMobile x Saratoga: Soul Food Series
Tuesday, February 20th
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Saratoga Library

Hungry to learn some new skills? Join us this Black History Month as we team up with Brooklyn CookMobile to create 2 traditional African American dishes. Ages 13-19! Registration required!

 

Kids Create: Black History Heroes

Tuesday, February 20th    

3:00pm - 3:45pm    

Walt Whitman Library

Join Miss Anna for a fun arts & crafts project.

 

Meet the Author: Willie Mae Brown

Tuesday, February 20th

Park Slope Library

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet author Willie Mae Brown and discuss her influential book “My Selma” True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Have you ever wondered how you would feel if you were growing up during the Civil Rights Movement? How would you deal with segregation? School integration? Sit-ins? How would you feel listening to great leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking out for justice, for the very first time?

 

Kids Create: Puffy Paint Traffic Light

Tuesday, February 20th    

3:30pm - 4:30pm    

Cortelyou Library, Meeting Room

Join us during African American history month as we celebrate the accomplishments of Garrett Morgan, a famous inventor. We'll be making our own puffy paint traffic lights.

 

Teen Writing Club: Black History Month Edition

Wednesday, February 21st    

3:30pm - 5:00pm    

Brower Park Library

Join the Teen Writing Club and come write with us! You can write whatever you want, and we'll have some writing prompts if you need a little inspiration, including some prompts especially In honor of Black History Month.

 

Jack and Friends Black History Month Series: Lavender Blues

Wednesday, February 21st    

4:00pm - 4:45pm    

Park Slope Library

 

Join us for our Jack and Friends program celebrating Black History Month series with Lavender Blues!

Don’t miss this high energy performance for babies and toddlers including songs from our REMIXED to a new cadence and bonus beat! Think Baby Hip Hop! Plus, new tracks from Lady B’s follow up album , the REMIXES volume 2! Sing, dance and play with Lavender Blues at BPL!

Registration will open on February 20 2024 4:00 pm. Only those registered will be admitted entry.**

**This restriction is due to the fire safety limit set by the fire Marshall and is non-negotiable.

 

Black History Month Teen Trivia

Wednesday, February 21st    

4:00pm - 5:00pm    

Crown Heights Library

Play an easy Black History Month Kahoot or two. 

There will be some simple prizes like candy.

 

Black History Month Silent Disco
Saturday, February 24th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Jackie Robinson Park

Join Shape Up NYC in celebrating Black History Month at a free fitness silent disco at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center. Class formats will be Cardio Circuit Blast, Hip House Cardio, and Zumba.

 

Black History Month Saturday Storytime
Saturday, February 24th
11:00am - 11:45am
Macon Library

All ages storytime! In celebration of Black History Month, we'll be reading books from Macon's African American Heritage Center! Join the Macon Children's Librarian to share rhymes, songs, and books!

 

How Things Work: NYC Oysters & the Real MotherShuckers  (Lecture)

Saturday, February 24th    

2:00pm - 3:00pm    

Brooklyn Heights Library

Moody Harney, founder of The Real MotherShuckers, featured on the Netflix series High on the Hog, will speak to us about how oysters have shaped our New York City culture, and the role that Black community has played in the industry.

 

The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism at the Met

February 25th - July 28th

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In February 2024, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the groundbreaking exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. Through some 160 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and ephemera, it will explore the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s–40s in New York City’s Harlem and nationwide in the early decades of the Great Migration when millions of African Americans began to move away from the segregated rural South. The first art museum survey of the subject in New York City since 1987, the exhibition will establish the Harlem Renaissance and its radically new development of the modern Black subject as central to the development of international modern art.

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The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Prince + More for Kids - Black History Month Celebration
Sunday, February 25th
11:00am doors, 12:00pm show
Brooklyn Bowl

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity.

 

Historic Black Women of Harlem
Sunday, February 25th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
St. Nicholas Park

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about some of the revolutionary Black women that have contributed to the thriving community of Harlem.

 

Kids Create: Black History Month
Tuesday, February 27th
3:30pm - 4:15pm
Macon Library

Create, experiment and have fun! Arts and crafts (and reading) for school age children 5-12 years. Celebrate Black History Month by using paper strips to weave a tapestry inspired by Kente cloth! Children under 6 should be closely supervised by an adult.

 

Teen Time: Book Talk and Crafts for Black History Month
Tuesday, February 27th
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kensington Library

Teens: Join us in the Kensingteen bleachers as our YA librarian talks up books for Black History Month, including March (the graphic novel biography of the late Civil Rights Movement leader and Congressman John Lewis), and several more. After the book talks, we will make collages based on the themes of the presented books.

 

Jack and Friends Black History Month Series: Lavender Blues

Wednesday, February 28th    

1:00pm - 1:45pm    

Park Slope Library

Join us for our Jack and Friends program celebrating Black History Month series with Lavender Blues! 

Don’t miss this high energy performance for babies and toddlers including songs from our REMIXED to a new cadence and bonus beat! Think Baby Hip Hop! Plus, new tracks from Lady B’s follow up album , the REMIXES volume 2! Sing, dance and play with Lavender Blues at BPL!

This program will have registration that will open 24 hours before the program begins. Only those registered will be admitted entry.**

**This restriction is due to the fire safety limit set by the fire Marshall and is non-negotiable.

 

Teen Time: Black History Month Painting

Wednesday, February 28th    

4:00pm - 5:00pm    

Sunset Park Library 

Celebrate the end of Black History Month by learning about iconic black artists that revolutionized painting, including examples from late, Brooklyn-native Jean-Michel Basquiat, who is buried in Sunset Park's Greenwood Cemetery. We will have both watercolor and acrylic paint supplies and examples from art books!

 

Past Events


Paint and Sip: Black History Month Edition
Thursday, February 1st
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Saratoga Library

Join us in the Teen Tech Center of the Saratoga Library to paint and sip while emulating the iconic artwork of the late, Brooklyn native, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Paint your very own self portait while learning all about Neo-Expressionism (aka Transavantgarde) and it's defining factors. Ages 13-18.

 

Teen Art Club: From Badu to Basquiat: Celebrating Black Artistry
Thursday, February 1st
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomingdale Library

Join us for a special edition of Teen Art Club as we take inspiration from imagery and music to explore and celebrate black artistry using various mediums. All materials will be provided.

 

Rod Williams Concert
Saturday, February 3rd
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park

Join us for a concert celebrating Black History month with Rod Williams. Born in Detroit but long based in New York City, Rod Williams is a renowned pianist, keyboardist and composer, with degrees in electronic music and interactive performance from SUNY Brooklyn College

 

Black Cinema: Movies Celebrating Black History Month
Wednesday, February 7th
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

Join us in-person in the Teen Center at SNFL for movie and documentary screenings celebrating Black History Month from Projectr.

 

Black History Month Celebration
Wednesday, February 7th
6:30pm
Crown Hill Theater

Please join New York State Assemblymember Brian A. Cunningham, Braata Productions, Brooklyn Drum Line, Ifetayo, and many more, as we celebrate the diversity, heritage, and vibrancy of Black Americans.

 

Story Time with Council Person Rita Joseph!

Wednesday, February 7th

11:00am – 11:30am   

Flatbush Library

Join Council Person Rita Joseph for a story time on the rug. 

 

Black History Month: Button Making  (teens and young adults)

Thursday, February 8th

4:00pm - 5:30pm   

Clinton Hill Library   

In celebration of black history month the Clinton Hill Library is running button making program! Put your favorite image, slogan, or famous figure from black history on a button you can take home and wear. 

 

Black History Month Family Movie Night: The Princess And The Frog
Friday, February 9th
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Park Slope Library

Tiana, Disney's first black Princess, is Hardworking and ambitious. Tiana dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. Her dream takes a slight detour when she meets Prince Naveen who has been turned into an amphibian by evil Dr. Facilier. Mistaking her for a princess and hoping to break the spell, Naveen plants a kiss on poor Tiana -- thereby turning her into a frog as well. The pair hop along on an adventure through the bayous to seek the help in becoming human again. We see Tiana's journey through African-American influenced music styles including jazz, zydeco, blues and gospel.

 

Audre Lorde Walk
Saturday, February 10th
11:00am - 12:00pm
Staten Island Silver Lake Park

Celebrate Black History Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Join us on the Audre Lorde Walk at Silver Lake Park as we honor the famous poet and draw inspiration from our surroundings as we practice creating our own poetry.

 

Black Brooklynites: Pioneers & Progress Trolley Tour

Saturday, February 10th

10:00am - 12:00pm

Greenwood Cemetery

Although Brooklyn and New York City have a history of segregation and racism, they also have a diverse history of progress and activism. This trolley tour, led by Green-Wood’s Education and Public Programs Coordinator Tiva Baloi, will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent Black Brooklynites who were pioneers in diverse fields from art to activism, music to medicine, realty to Wall Street.

You’ll visit the monuments of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the innovative artist of the 1970s and 80s; Grace Nail Johnson and James Weldon Johnson, civil rights activists and prominent participants in the Harlem Renaissance; Elizabeth Gloucester, a wealthy abolitionist who supported the Underground Railroad; and others who made lasting marks in the ongoing struggle for progress

 

Celebrating Black History and Music in America - FREE Concert for Kids
Saturday, February 10th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Church In the Gardens, Queens

Learn about the musical gems of the jazz, opera and African American Spiritual genres, tracing the rich tradition of black music, art and culture in America. Meet some of the artists who will be performing that evening and learn about how their experiences, particularly as African American musicians growing up in the United States, shaped their lives and careers as adults in the arts and music industry.

 

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Rihanna + More for Kids - Black History Month + Super Bowl Pre-Party
Sunday, February 11th
11:00am doors, 12:00pm show
Brooklyn Bowl

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity.

 

Herbal Brews, Hues and Maya Angelou
Sunday, February 11th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Crotona Park

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Enjoy a heartwarming cup of tea along with poetry by Maya Angelou, and create your own written or visual masterpiece to bestow on your beloved.

 

Kid's Create: Black History Month Art

Monday, February 12th    

4:00pm - 5:00pm    

Sunset Park Library

Create graphic art using Pan African patterns and colors!


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