Black History Month: Celebrate in NYC with tours, talks and more


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FEB. 25

Hop on the Green-Wood Cemetery’s trolley and learn about prominent black New Yorkers and abolitionists buried in the Brooklyn cemetery during the tour Black in 19th-Century Brooklyn. The event also includes a stop at Weeksville Heritage Center to see the permanent exhibition, “Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit of Freedom.”11 a.m.-3 p.m., $40, $35 members, reservations required; 500 25th St., Greenwood Heights, 718-210-3080,

On the Black History Month tour of the landmarked Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, learn about the slaves who lived in the mansion, as well as African Americans who lived in the surrounding Jumel Terrace Historic District in Washington Heights. 2-3:30 p.m., $15, $10 members and students; 65 Jumel Terrace, 212-923-8008,

At the Harlem Chamber Players’ annual Black History Month Celebration, hosted by Eric K. Washington, hear Florence Price’s “5 Folksongs in Counterpoint,” Carlos Oliver Simon Jr.’s “An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave” (which is being dedicated to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Alton Sterling) and more. 4 p.m., $20, $15 seniors and students (save $5 in advance); St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., 212-866-1492,



The Brooklyn Historical Society’s long-term exhibition “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom” examines Brooklyn’s role in the anti-slavery movement through photographs, census records, maps, newspapers and more from the end of the American Revolution to the Reconstruction. Ongoing, closed Mondays and Tuesdays; $10 adults, $6 teachers and seniors, FREE students and children under 12; 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111,

The Paley Center for Media in New York honors Black History Month with “African-American Achievements in Television,” in which historic TV moments from “Soul Train,” “Roots,” “In Living Color,” “Scandal” and more will be screened with film introductions from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels and other celebs. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, noon-6 p.m., FREE; 25 W. 52nd St., 212-621-6800,

Between the Lines: Adrian Miller 

Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem
When: Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Author Adrian Miller will discuss and sign copies of his book “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas.”

► AFROPUNK Unapologetically Black: The African American Songbook Remixed

Where: Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem
When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

The Apollo Theater will host a concert featuring an all-star band with special performances by artists Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Robert Glasper and Staceyann Chin to pay homage to black protest music. Tickets range from $33 to $128.





Black History Month Trolley Tour

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery (meet inside the main gate at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue), Greenwood Heights
When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This trolley ride will stop at the graves of significant figures in African-American history who are buried in Green-Wood Cemetary before heading to the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights, site of one of the largest free black communities before the Civil War. A boxed lunch will be provided. The tour is $40, $35 for members. Reservations are required


Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tours

Where: Starts in Midtown before traveling to various location in Manhattan and The Bronx
When: Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays

Check out sites important to hip-hop legends Big L, Kool Herc and more on this bus tour that introduces you to the birthplace of the genre. Advanced booking is required.

Dance Performance

Where: Bronx Community College, Roscoe Brown Student Center, Hall of Fame Playhouse, 2155 University Ave., University Heights
When: Thursday, Feb. 23, 12 to 2 p.m.

Watch students of the Dance Workshop perform an exploration of the African Diaspora choreographed by Professor Kevin Cooper.

Black In 19th-Century Brooklyn

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 210-3080

Best Places To Visit In Brooklyn: Historic Sites

In conjunction with Weeksville Heritage Center, Green-Wood Cemetery will be offering a trolley tour of its lovely grounds. Stops include the final resting places of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first black female doctor in New York State; and Margaret Pine, the last woman to live as a slave in the state. You’ll then head to Weeksville, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to the history of this part of Crown Heights, which housed one of the largest communities of free African Americans prior to the Civil War. Saturday, February 25, 11 am to 3 pm, $40, tickets