Did you know Black History month was originally “Negro History Week?” Founded by historian Dr. Carter G Woodson along with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the week was originally relegated to the second week of February to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American history. Negro History Week celebrated the birthdays of former president Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Woodson believed, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”*  His persistence in emphasizing the intellectual survival of the African American race in history helped amplify the support the Negro History Week received by educators, Black history clubs, and liberal and progressive allies. In honor of BHM and the work of Dr. Carter Woodson, we are excited to share and highlight public events that are amplifying community, conversation and culture this February.


Self Care Saturday

When: Saturday, February 22

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Where: Urban League of Hudson County, 253 Martin Luther King Jr Jersey City, NJ 07305

Join the Urban League of Hudson County for yoga & a vision board workshop. All supplies are provided & light refreshments will be served! This event is the perfect opportunity to network and align in 2020.

To find out more, check it out here.

Black History Month: Poetry Hike

When: Sunday, February 23

Time: 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Where: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park (Bruckner Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue) Bronx, NY

Come celebrate Black History Month on a poetry and nature hike through Pelham Bay Park. Attendees will be able to view the beautiful natural vistas of the Bronx while experiencing the nature poetry of some of the greatest African-American poets, such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. For younger children, they will have an arts and crafts program based on bringing African folk tales to life.

For more information, check it out here.

Love Your Hair Expo

When: Saturday, February 29

Time: 11 AM to 3 PM

Where: Fordham University, 441 E Fordham Road The Bronx, NY 10458

Join StriveHigher at Fordham University for their first Love Your Hair Expo in celebration of Black History Month. There will be two authors of color reading their books, five speakers discussing their hair journey and tips, and ten small businesses that sell natural hair and skin products.

For more information, click here.


Black History Month Trivia

When: Sunday, February 23

Time: 3 PM to 6 PM

Where: Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Join Culture Bae and Bauce for a mentally stimulating event that will test your overall knowledge of black history and pop culture. There will be drinks, friendly competition, and historical gems being shared. You’ll even have the opportunity to connect with new people during the event. The winning team will be awarded cash prizes so come ready to compete!

For more information, click here.

Black History Month: Advancing Black Equity

When: Wednesday, February 26

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where: Unique Rustic Gallery, 168 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Join us for our BKYR February meeting and hear from our Black History Month: Advancing Black Equity Panel, moderated by NY1 Errol Louis.

For more information, click here.

The Urban Professionals Mixer-A Black History Month Arts and Fashion Experience

When: Saturday, February 29

Time: 8 PM to 2 AM

Where: 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Come connect, network, and celebrate with multiple urban professional organizations at this premiere event, while supporting each organization’s scholarship & community service efforts.

To find out more, click here.


Afropolitan NYC

When: Saturday, February 22

Time: 6 PM to 11 PM

Where: Blue Midtown, 220 W 44th St New York, NY 10036

The event features exciting networking activities, African and Caribbean cultural expressions including artist performances, fashion shows, top Afro-Caribbean DJs, dance performances, retail & and food vendors to spice up the experience with authentic and delicious Afro-Caribbean bites. The event is also 21+ and the dress code is business casual and African wear.

For further details, click here.

African Pop Up Festival

When: Saturday, February 22

Time:  12 PM to 7 PM

Where: Mist Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY, 10026

Celebrate Black History Month at this event featuring food and wine tastings, music and dance performances, business panel discussions, and vendors across food, fashion, beauty, wellness and more.

For more information, check it out here.

Black History Month: Piano Concert with Emme Kemp

When: Saturday, February 22

Time: 2 PM to 4 PM

Where: Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Avenue, New York, NY 10039

Join NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun for a Black History Month piano concert at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center! They will be featuring artist Emme Kemp for the first hour of the event, followed by open play for attendees to showcase their talents!

For further details, check it out here.

*Woodson, Negro History Week

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