Black History Month

Children participating in a race at a sports festival

This February, take some time to come out to Parks to learn about the trials and triumphs of the black experience in the United States.

Statue of Frederick Douglass

Black History in NYC Parks
Learn about parks, sculptures, and other green spaces in New York City that highlight and honor the black experience in the United States.

embroidery of The Reminders

Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: Identity
through February 23, 2018
Curated by Michelle Bishop of Harlem Needle Arts, Identity features pieces by nine artists who use elements of swag, spirituality, icons, music, and social justice to illustrate self-awareness, identify, motivation, and varying backgrounds and traditions of the African diaspora.

image of the artist and artwork

Poe Park Visitor Center Exhibit: A Celebration of the Blues
February 1 through February 24, 2018
Artist Ron Bucalo presents a collection of 25 black line illustrated portraits depicting great legends of the American blues.

Black History Month Events

Saturday, February 3, 2018

FEB3

Black History Month: Bedford-Stuyvesant

at Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.
Discover the history of Bedford-Stuyvesant and the prominent African-American community leaders that had a positive impact on the neighborhood.
Free!

Must See
Event
FEB3

Black History Month: A Celebration of the Blues Opening Reception and Musical Performance

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m. –3:30 p.m.
This collection of black line illustrated portraits depicts great legends of the American blues. The opening reception includes musical performance.
Free!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

FEB7

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band

at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band are one of Brooklyn’s most electrifying and long-running musical ensembles.
Free!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

FEB10

Daughters of the American Revolution: Hunts Point Slave Burial Grounds

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Join a discussion on the preservation of the Hunts Point Slave Burial Grounds.
Free!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FEB13

Arts, Culture & Fun Celebrates Mardi Gras

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.
Join us for a taste of New Orleans with live jazz by Joey Morant and his band.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, February 17, 2018

FEB17

Family Art Project: Josephine Baker Dances Out the Winter Blues

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
In conjunction with Black History Month, celebrate the renowned entertainer Josephine Baker, famous for her activism and for refusing to perform for segregated audiences in the U.S.
Free!

Best For
Kids

FEB17

Black History Month: The Flushing Freedom Mile

at Daniel Carter Beard Mall , Queens

11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Flushing was home to a famous African-American inventor, a passageway of the Underground Railroad, and has one of the city’s few landmarked trees. Registration opens on February 7.
Free!

FEB17

Black History Month: Sandy Ground

at Lenevar Avenue and Ramona Avenue (in Bloomingdale Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Learn more about one of the oldest surviving communities in the United States that was founded by African Americans prior to the American Civil War.
Free!

Must See
Event
FEB17

Black History Month History Month: Seneca Village

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.
Learn about the lives of Seneca Village’s residents in the 1800’s and the community’s place in pre-Central Park.
Free!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

FEB18

Family Art Project: Josephine Baker Dances Out the Winter Blues

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
In conjunction with Black History Month, celebrate the renowned entertainer Josephine Baker, famous for her activism and for refusing to perform for segregated audiences in the U.S.

Best For
Kids

FEB18

In Celebration of Black History Month: 13th – Film Screening

at Lewis H Latimer House , Queens  This is an Accessible location

2:30 p.m. –5:00 p.m.
This 2016 Academy Awards-nominated documentary is centered on race in the United States’ criminal justice system.
Free!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FEB20

Celebrate Black History Month: George Washington Carver Workshop

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

1:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.
Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home.

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 24, 2018

FEB24

Black History Month: The Birthplace of Hip Hop

at Cedar Playground , Bronx

1:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.
On August 11, 1973, hip hop was born in The Bronx. Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about the history of the popular music genre that began as an underground urban movement.
Free!

Must See
Event

FEB24

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Winter Swing!

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m. –7:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate Harlem’s most famous dance genre with The Lindy Hop and The Big Apple Circle Dance.
Free!

Source: Black History Month : NYC Parks