840 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Third Floor
A new exhibit at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery, “Heritage of Innovation”, takes a look at the accomplishments of 14 African-Americans whose work has influenced the world.
253 West 125th Street, New York, NY, 10027
Feb. 9, 16, 23
Going back to 1934, the Apollo’s Amateur Night is a showcase for young African-American entertainers. This month’s lineup will feature performances by Talib Kweli.
1 Capital Square,
Free exhibitions and a tour of the George Washington Williams Room, a memorial of the state’s first African-American legislator, will be taking place throughout the month. Living history programs featuring portrayals of black historical figures will also be featured.
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street between 34th and 37th Aves, Corona, Queens
February 12th and 26th
During a special presentation planned for Black History Month, scholar Ricky Riccardi will talk about Satchmo’s contributions to civil rights.
Akron Civic Theater
182 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
The Akron Civic Theater will feature a music program called “Freedom Songs” showcasing traditional African-American spirituals.
PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Magic Johnson Theaters
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 9 through Feb. 20
The largest African-American film festival in the world, the Pan African Festival (founded by Ayuko Babu, above) will showcase more than 150 new films. An Artists Market featuring crafts will also take place.
National Guard Militia Museum of NJ
151 Eggert Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648
Phone (609) 530-6802
Through March 4th
The Militia Museum of NJ will be honoring the history of the NJ National Guard’s First Separate Battalion. Photos taken by a veteran of the Battalion as well as artifacts will be on display throughout Black History Month.
Camden County Historical Society – Pomona Hall
1900 Park Boulevard
The Camden County Historical Society will be celebrating Black History with special tours of Pomona Hall, a colonial Quaker mansion. The focus will be on the slaves – 14 who are known by name – who lived and worked on this property.
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
A special presentation called “Heritage of Resistance: Redefining the Struggle” will focus on four descendants of African-Americans whose contributions forever changed our nation. The descendants will remember their ancestors and share the continuation of their legacies.
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Now that Black History Month is here, museums and galleries around the U.S. are featuring special exhibits and events to celebrate.
These diverse and educational opportunities will allow you to gain a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the struggles, tribulations, and contributions that African-Americans have made to society. From tours to film screenings, these events are not to be missed!