New York City has long been a center of African-American life in the United States. It’s where the Harlem Renaissance shook cultural norms, where Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and where Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. The City remains a beacon of diversity, so it’s no wonder the five boroughs are home to a strong lineup of Black History Month events. Here are some of our picks.
Through Winter 2018
Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom at the Brooklyn Historical Society
This show focuses on the lesser-known heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement—ordinary residents who helped shape the neighborhood and city. It’s part of the larger In Pursuit of Freedom exhibition, in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and the Irondale Ensemble Project.
Through Winter 2018
The Emancipation Proclamation at the Brooklyn Historical Society
A replica of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is on long-term view. The exhibition also tackles the impact the document had—and has continued to have over the past 150 years.
Birthplace of Hip Hop Tours at Hush Tours
Join up with Hush Tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a four-hour journey around Bronx and Harlem sites crucial to the formation of hip-hop and its culture. Stops include the former home of genre pioneer DJ Kool Herc. Bonus: tour guides and guests include old-school MCs from the “Boogie Down” (as the Bronx is sometimes known), Grandmaster Caz and Roxanne Shante among them.
Harlem Heritage Tours
Harlem Heritage Tours offers itineraries that capture the history of jazz, hip-hop, gospel and art in Harlem. The informative, entertaining journeys are conducted by guides who were born and raised in the community, giving participants a uniquely enthusiastic point of view and an insider’s perspective on the rich legacy and culture of the area. Participants can enjoy music, dine on delicious soul food and shop Harlem's stores.
Harlem Spirituals Tour
This company’s regular offerings include gospel-themed tours and ones combining soul food and jazz. You’ll get a new perspective on historic landmarks—including the original Cotton Club and the Apollo—important to Harlem’s musical legacy.