Check out these family-friendly Black History Month events in NYC

African American History or Black History Month. Celebrated annually in February in the USA and Canada
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By Sabrina Lee

Black History Month celebrates the achievements of African Americans and recognizes their role in U.S. history. Each year, there are many family-friendly events in New York for both education and celebration of Black history. We have rounded up some of the best events and activities, both virtual and in-person, for you and your family to celebrate Black History Month. 

Looking for other family-friendly events to do this month? Check out Things to do in NYC this February for Families

Black History Month with Family-Friendly Activities

Children’s Online Book Discussion: Celebrate African American Authors in Story and Craft

When: Feb. 10, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Where: New York Public Library (Online)

If you’re looking for a more creative activity you can do with your kiddo, join this program at the New York Public Library. They will explore new Black and diverse children’s book authors and their works, then play a fun guessing game and create a craft to celebrate Black History Month. This program is via Google Hangouts. Make sure to register ahead to save your spot!

Black History Month Celebration!

When: Feb. 16, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Where: New York Public Library (Online)

This online celebration hosted by the New York Public library will feature Caren and her group of dancers and drummers. This will be an interactive event where participants will learn dance steps, hear stories centered around Black History Month, and see various performances from top NYC dancers. 

Black History Month: Brooklyn and the Underground Railroad

When: Feb. 20, 2021, 11 am. – noon

Where: Corner of Furman and Old Fulton Streets in Brooklyn Bridge Park

At Brooklyn Bridge Park, learn more about the Underground Railroad by the Urban Park Rangers. The Underground Railroad was a network of sanctuaries for women and men escaping enslavement in the South to seek freedom in the North. This event will be a walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park while highlighting the borough’s link to freedom. 

Black History Month: The Birthplace of Hip-Hop

When: Feb. 27, 2021, 1 -2 pm.

Where: Cedar Playground, West 179th St. & Sedgwick Ave., Bronx

Do you want to learn more about the history of Hip-Hop? Join the Urban Park Rangers at Cedar Playground as they highlight the site that birthed hip-hop. In 1973, hip hop was born in the Bronx at a recreational room party and then moved to what is now Cedar Playground. This event is a great way to celebrate Black History Month for all the hip hop lovers out there! 

This story first appeared on our sister publication newyorkfamily.com.