7 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in New York

One of the best things to do in February in New York is to celebrate Black History Month! Our city has been a major platform for African American culture ever since the golden era of the Harlem Renaissance in the 20’s, with the blooming of legendary African American writers and artists. Nowadays, Harlem is still nicknamed the ‘Capital of Black America’ and New York remains one of the most exciting cities in the US to take part in Black History Month celebrations. Here is our selection of the best events and activities to honor African American culture and history.

Dive Into African American History on a Guided Tour

Harlem Street Signs
Photo: Harlem Spirituals

Join guided tours of Harlem to learn everything about the neighborhood’s storied past and its pivotal role in the blossoming of African American culture. Furthermore, you’ll get to see monuments dedicated to famous African American personalities, such as the statue of Harriet Tubman, and iconic venues and landmarks such as the Apollo Theater or the Cotton Club, while hearing about the rich history of Harlem and its ongoing second Renaissance.

Lastly, make the experience even more exciting by listening to the beautiful voices of a Gospel choir!
Click on the following links to book our Gospel tours:
On Sunday / with optional brunch
On Wednesday / with optional lunch
Walking tour on Wednesday with Gospel concert
VIP Harlem Gospel tour

Harlem Gospel Choir singing
Photo: David Keith/Harlem Spirituals

The following tours will be also be available starting March.
Don’t miss them:
Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Tour
Harlem Walking Food Tour

Visit Museums and Black History Month Special Exhibitions

Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks, Arsenal Gallery in Central Park

The Arsenal Gallery within Central Park hosts a collection of photographs showing New York City’s parks and monuments that honor African Americans. From Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan to Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn, the exhibition honors the influence of these African American personalities on the city.

Through February 27. Entrance is free.

Metropolitan Museum
Photo: Robert Bye/Unsplash

African Arts Tour at the Metropolitan Museum

During the whole month of February, the Metropolitan Museum will be hosting special African Arts guided tours to celebrate Black History Month. The tour is free with Museum Admission.

Click here for more details.

Attend Black History Month Events

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center in Harlem will host the 12th annual Black History Month Celebration by the Harlem Chamber Players on February 13th. And it will celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with music by Florence Price and George Walker, and poetry by Langston Hughes. The event will be hosted by Terrance McKnight of WQXR and will feature pianist Joseph Joubert, soprano Renay Joubert, and members of The Harlem Chamber Players.

Click here for more details.
Events are free and open to all. However, due to space constraints registration is requested. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time.

Tip: don’t miss the current exhibition: Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition (through July 31)

Toni Morrison Tribute

One of the must-attend events of Black History Month in New York: the tribute to Toni Morrison at the New York Public Library. This evening will honor the work of Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of the classic Beloved through performances and conversations with an all-star panel of writers, actors, and thinkers.

February 18th, 2020 – 07:00pm at the New York Celeste Bartos Forum
The New York Public Library
Tickets: $30 – Click here to book

Celebrate Black History Month at the Apollo Theater
Photo: Kate Glicksberg/NYC & Company

Apollo Theater

Harlem’s most famous venues will host a series of events to celebrate Black History Month. Highlights of this month’s exciting lineup includes the season opener of Amateur Night on February 19th, and a screening of the original Shaft on February 29, with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber playing the score live.

More details on www.apollotheater.org.

Harlem Opera Theater

On February 29th, the Harlem Opera Theater will present a Salute to Black History Month with “A Tribute to the Composers of the Harlem Renaissance.” This tribute will particularly honor composers William Grant Still, Harry Lawrence Freeman, Duke Ellington, and Scott Joplin.

February 29th, 2020 – 05:00pm at the Harlem Opera Theater
More details on www.facebook.com/HarlemOperaTheater

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info on what to do in New York and take a look at our complete range of tours and attractions on www.harlemspirituals.com. Our team is at your service to help you plan a memorable stay in New York!

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