Celebrate the final week of Black History Month in New York City at one or more of these special events, film screenings, exhibits and family friendly activity day events. Here are FREE and cheap suggestions in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens today through Feb. 29:
Tuesday, Feb. 23rd
Watch the award-winning film, Selma which depicts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers’ epic 1965 walk from Selma to Montgomery in the fight against racial discrimination and for suffrage. Feb. 23, noon-2 p.m., FREE; 203 W. 115th St., 212-666-9393, nypl.org
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25th and 26th
African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan has FREE events both weekend days, including honoring the Buffalo Soldiers. Details on our full month Black History Month calendar.
Saturday, Feb. 27th
The Harlem Chamber Players: Hosted by journalist and author Eric K. Washington, this annual celebration features music by Chevalier de St. George, John Carter, Nkeiru Okoye, and Barber. Performers include soprano Janinah Burnett of the Metropolitan Opera. , 4 p.m., adults $15 in advance/ $20 at the door, seniors and students $10 in advance/$15 at the door; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., 212-866-1492, harlemchamberplayers.org
African American History Month Celebration: FREE storytelling, dance and drumming at the Atlantic Terminal Communicyt Center, 501 Carlton St., between Atlantic and Fulton Avenues. Noon to 4pm.
Black History Month exhibits:
Louis Draper and PM New York Daily: An exhibit of photos by renowned African-American news photographer Louis Draper documenting the gritty streets of New York during the 1960s and 1970s. Also on display are vintage copies of the newspaper from the 1940s. The PM New York Daily was a progressive evening daily back in the day when NYC had more than a half-dozen dailies, some published in the morning, others in the afternoon for the evening commute. FREE gallery exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th St. Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Thurs. until 8pm. Gallery website.
The Legacy of African-American Service: See an exhibit about the influential leaders who shaped the American social, legal, and justice systems, including during the days of slavery and Jim Crow. This FREE exhibit is weekdays through the end of February at the Arsenal, the Central Park administration building, at Fifth Ave. and 67th St. Details here.
75th anniversary of the American Negro Theatre (ANT): Known to the locals as “The Harlem Library Little Theatre,” the ANT was founded in 1940 for local actors, playwights and others to work in productions illustrating the diversity of black life. This exhibition is taken entirely from the Schomburg Collections and highlights stage productions with photographs, posters, playbills, and news clippings including such prominent as Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Lofton Mitchell, whose careers began at the ANT. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a branch of the New York Public Library, and the exhibit is FREE. Additional details here.
Hotter than That: 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five: Although technically not a Black History Month exhibit, this ongoing exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum celebrates the best of Black music and explores the life of the jazz legend focusing on the recordings he made with his group, Hot Five. Original recordings, photographs, advertisements, articles and more are on display. Through Oct. 16, closed Mondays, $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, FREE for children 4 and under; 34-56 107th St., Corona, 718-478-8274, louisarmstronghouse.org
Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom: This long-term exhibit explores about the anti-slavery movement at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The exhibit features photographs, census records, maps, newspapers and more from the end of the American Revolution to Reconstruction. At the Brooklyn Historical Society, Wednesdays through Sundays. $10 adults, $6 teachers and seniors, FREE students and children under 12128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111,
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