More Events Celebrating Black History Month In Brooklyn
February is Black History Month and there are a variety of events happening all around Brooklyn to observe it—from panel discussions, poetry readings, musical performances, history tours, movie screenings, trivia nights, craft lessons—even karaoke.
There are so many events, in fact, that we had to create another list. Check out 7 additional ways to celebrate Black History Month in Brooklyn below.
And check out BKLYNER’s previous listing of Black History Month Events around Brooklyn here. Upcoming events from this previous list include a discussion about Black writers, a party at Brooklyn Borough Hall, a poetry reading, and a trolley tour of Green-Wood Cemetery and the Weeksville Heritage Center.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Black History Month Celebration
When: Thursday, February 16, 6 to 8:00pm
Where: Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue (Crown Heights)
What: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Black History Month Celebration salutes the work of outstanding African-Americans who have made significant contributions to Brooklyn.
A Chamber Music Celebration of Black History Month
When: Thursday, February 23rd at 7:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Grand Living Room
What: The Brooklyn Historical Society continues it celebration of Black History Month with a chamber music concert featuring work by African-American composers and lyricists. LiKUiD will emcee the event with performances by the violin, cello, and piano ensemble Warp Trio, percussionist Rick Martinez, and vocalist Sylver Wallace.
How Much: $20, purchase tickets at Groupmuse.
Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom
When: On-going through Winter 2018
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street
What: Brooklyn Historical Society presents a long-term exhibition exploring the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement, ordinary residents who fought for freedom and equality for all. The exhibit is part of the In Pursuit of Freedom public history project featuring new research (such as photos, census records, newspapers, maps) on Brooklyn’s abolition movement.
How Much: $10 adults, $6 teachers and seniors, FREE for students (with ID) and children
5th Annual Black Artstory Month
A month-long event and Artwalk exploring the vital role and traditions around healing, restoration, and realignment in African Diasporic communities. Free events take place Friday evenings (and some additional nights) throughout February. Featuring the work of over 30 Brooklyn-based visual artists, Artstory includes dance performances, visual art and live exhibitions, film screenings, and poetry readings. See info on 3 of these events and the Artwalk below.
Click here for a copy of the Artwalk map, a self-guided tour featuring 20 art installations along Myrtle Avenue.
This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering | Film Premiere
When: Thursday, February 16th, 7:30 to 9:30pm
Where: Five Spot, 459 Myrtle Avenue (at Washington Avenue)
What: Based on a solo healing performance ritual that debuted at La Mama in 2015, “This Ain’t A Eulogy” draws comparisons between discarded materials and the violent treatment of Black people in America. Artist Taja Lindley re-imagines how to transform the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where Black Lives Matter.
Poems About My Rights: We Will Not Go Silently| Spoken Word & Poetry
When: Friday, February 17th, 6 to 8pm
Where: Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Avenue
What: Taking its title from a poem by June Jordan, Willow Arts Alliance presents poets Yesenia Montilla, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Nkosi Nkululeko, and Randall Horton for a night of commentary and critique against the very structures that would rather they remain silent.
Space is limited.
“A Seat at the Table” | Black Artstory Month Closing Event
When: Friday, February 24th, 6 to 9pm
Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG 92 (63 Flushing Avenue at Carlton Avenue)
What: Black Artstory’s closing event will focus on the importance of creating visual representations and journeying together towards self-preservation and collective work for healing and protection. There will be a community curated playlist, dance, movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit.
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