Celebrate Black History Month 2017 in NYC at one or more of these events during February. NYCOTC recommended events are FREE, or $30 or less, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies
Unless otherwise noted, the events are family-friendly and FREE.
- Already underway
African-American Achievements in Television– See clips from TV moments featuring Black actors, from pioneers Redd Foxx (Sanford and Son) and Diahann Carroll (Julia) to modern stars including Kerry Washington (Scandal), plus Roots and more. FREE, through the end of February, at Paley Center for Media, on West 52nd St. in NYC and in Los Angeles. For those who don’t know, Paley Center was founded by Bill Paley, founder of CBS.
- Saturday, Feb 4th
Brooklyn Museum – The monthly Target First Saturday series celebrates Black History Month this month with musical performances and more inspired by current exhibits. FREE, 5pm to 11pm.
Black History in the South Village – Walking tour of the neighborhood once called “Little Africa” lExperts from the Municipal Arts Society describe how African-Americans impacted the Village, and how the Village impacted New York City.. Tickets are $30. Tour is 1pm to 3pm. Registration required.
- Saturday/Sunday, Feb 4th/5th
Blast off at Children’s Museum of Manhattan – Programming celebrates the first African American woman in space, Mae C. Jennison. Registration required to ensure space. FREE with admission, $12 for adults and children, $8 for seniors. The museum is at 212 West 83rd St. on the Upper West Side.
- Thursday Feb. 16th
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Black History Month Celebration – Cocktail Party salutes the work of outstanding African-Americans who have made significant contributions to the great borough of Brooklyn. FREE but registration is required. 6pm to 8pm at the Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave.
- Monday, Feb. 20th
Federal Hall National Memorial – Living historian, Keith Henley, will present a program about George Washington’s slave chef. Hercules: “Culinary Artist, Free at Last!” explored the Black chef’s reputation for culinary excellence, the status and privilege he received from George Washington, and his escape to freedom. There are two 30-minute presentations, at 11am and at 2pm, at the John Peter Zenger Gallery. FREE. Federal Hall National Memorial is at 26 Wall St.
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