NYC has served as a pillar of cultural advancement in the United States throughout history, especially as it relates to the history of African Americans. Major movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the founding of hip hop music, the first city to elect an African American woman - Shirley Chisholm - to congress and many more instances across multiple communities have established NYC as one of the centers of diversity in the United States.

There are so many ways to celebrate Black History Month and learn more about the history of African Americans throughout NYC - see below for a few of the most exciting events and activations taking place this month!

  • Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film - In light of the release of the highly-anticipated film “Black Panther” this weekend, Brooklyn’s Academy of Music will be screening films featuring “black screen heroes who challenged the establishment power structures through their sheer existence,” apart of their BAMcinématek program. View movies like “Catwoman,” “Strange Days,” “Queen of the Damned” and more until February 18th. Tickets are available at
  • Soundtrack ‘63: Remixing the Sounds of an Era - The legendary Apollo Theater will be continually celebrate their artistic community through a live musical documentary and multimedia retrospective of the Black experience in America Saturday, February 24th at 8:00pm. The retrospective will include performances by special guest performances from Grammy-award nominee Leon Bridges, Rhiannon Giddens and Rapsody .Tickets are available at
  • George Washington Carver Workshop at Queens Botanical Garden - Highlighting lesser known historical African American figure George Washington Carver, the Queens Botanical Garden will be celebrating his groundbreaking work as a Botanist at this family friendly workshop, where children are able to learn about Dr. Carver’s work and participate in hands-on activities. Tickets are available at

​​To see a full list of Black History Month activations throughout NYC, visit