There are loads of ways to celebrate Black History Month. Here are five to get you started:
The Apollo Theater not only kicked off its 80th anniversary on Jan. 29, but the historic venue has plenty of unique events planned for this month. The festivities include a free gospel concert this Sunday at 5 p.m. featuring Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar, who first performed at the theater in the 1950s.
(Visit apollotheater.org for more info.)
Head to the Studio Museum in Harlem for "Radical Presence": Black Performance in Contemporary Art," an exhibit that chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations. On display until March 9.
(Visit studiomuseum.org for more info.)
"In VisualizingEmancipation," on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation is commemorated, with pre- and post-Civil War-era photos of enslaved and free black women, men and children. The exhibit will be on display until March 12.
Over at Central Park's Arsenal Gallery, "The March," a free exhibit that features 17 artists and reflects on the struggles and victories of the civil rights movement, will be on display until Feb. 27. (Visit nycgovparks.org/art-and- antiquities/arsenal-gallery for more info.)
The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens kicks off its Black History Month programming with a new exhibit, "Señor Satchmo: Louis Armstrong in South America." The exhibit tells the story of the legendary jazz musician's historic tour on his first trip to South America. During the month of February, visitors will receive a limited-edition museum collectible of Armstrong in Buenos Aires in October 1957 (while supplies last, one per visitor).