Black History Month is being celebrated all over the city, including many places uptown. Below are just a few of the highlights.
Free at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center is staging free concerts this month for Black History Month. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets. For more information, visit www.lincolncenter.org/Atrium.
Feb. 4 at 11 a.m., the Harlem Gospel Choir will lead a program for families.
Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Loren Schoenberg and the National Jazz Museum All Stars will present “Drop Me Off in Harlem: An Evening of Ellingtonia,” highlighting the work of Duke Ellington.
New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society is hosting several events and exhibits in recognition of Black History Month.
Feb. 5 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., re-enactors will bring the 1st Rhode Island Regiment back to life. The unit was one of the earliest regiments in America to actively enlist African Americans. The 1st Rhode Island Regiment fought in the Battle of Newport in 1778 and spent the infamous winter at Valley Forge without receiving any post-war compensation for their efforts.
Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m., “The Battle for Civil Rights,” a conversation between David Levering Lewis and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, will be held.
The discussion is presented in conjunction with one of the society’s exhibits, Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon. The installation of large-scale images by the celebrated photographer shows the historic struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.
Among the subjects are the Little Rock Nine, whose attempt to enter Little Rock Central High School in 1957 became a national cause célèbre; Joseph A. McNeil and Franklin E. McCain, participants in the 1960 Greensboro lunch-counter sit-in; and Chris and Maxine McNair, the parents of Denise McNair, who was murdered in the bombing of the Birmingham, Ala., 16th Street Baptist Church.
The Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5–$15 and children under 7 are free. For more information, call 212-873-3400 or visit www.nyhistory.org.
Films for Youth
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., will be screening free films for youth and teens Feb. 14–16. Online registration is required at www.NYPL.org. For more information, call 212- 491-2200.
Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., On The Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Basketball Team You Never Heard Of will be shown. The 2011 film by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the Harlem Renaissance through the eyes of Abdul-Jabbar as he presents the life and times of the Harlem Rens basketball team. Recommended for ages 5–18.
Feb. 15, 10 a.m.–noon, Freedom Riders, by Stanley Nelson, will be shown. The true story of an integrated band of young college students who risked everything by boarding a Greyhound Bus headed to the Deep South. Recommended for ages 13–18.
Feb. 16, 10–11 a.m., The Prep School Negro, by André Robert Lee, will be shown. This documentary explores the experiences of Lee and present-day prep school students of color. Recommended for ages 13–18.
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