New York City offers countless exhibits, events and monuments to celebrate Black History Month. Here is a look at five that you don't want to miss.
Panel discussion on the Harlem Riot of 1964
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture hosts a panel discussion, "The 60s - The Summer of Law and Disorder: Harlem Riot of 1964," on the Harlem Riot of 1964, which lasted for six days after a police officer fatally shot 15-year-old James Powell during a confrontation. Panel guests include author Michael Flamm and Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, an organizer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. A book signing is slated to be held after the panel discussion.
A trolley tour of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 11 AM to 1 PM
WHERE: Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
COST: $15 for members of Green-Wood and Brooklyn Historical Society; $20 for non-members.
- The Green-Wood Historic Fund hosts a trolley tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery, examining the lives of many prominent black New Yorkers, such as Civil War soldiers, abolitionists and Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first black woman doctor in New York State.
Tour of Cedar Playground, the birthplace of hip-hop
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
WHERE: Cedar Playground
West 179th Street & Sedgwick Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
- Urban Park Rangers host a tour of the historic Cedar Playground, where hip-hop is said to have been born after a crowded party in August 1973. The tour features a history of hip-hop and its underground urban legacy.
"King in New York" exhibit
WHEN: 10 AM to 6 PM, every day until June 1
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
COST: Suggested Admission:
Seniors (65+), Students: $12 (with I.D.)
Under age 20: Free
- With 2018 marking 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit, "King in New York," which traces Dr. King's time in New York from the 1950s until his death. The exhibit includes images of Dr. King's sermons and examines how he interacted with the city's activists.
Tour of Seneca Village
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
WHERE: 81st Street and Central Park West in Central Park
Manhattan, NY 10024
- Urban Park Rangers host a tour of Seneca Village, a community that was once comprised of mostly African-American property owners. The tour explores the lives of Seneca Village's residents in the 1800s.