February is Black History Month. Here are ways to celebrate over in NYC.

Feb. 20

Theater fans, head to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect, a discussion of the playwright’s work and legacy with producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, writer Carl Hancock Rux and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of August Wilson’s “Jitney,” currently on Broadway. 6:30 p.m., FREE; 515 Malcolm X Blvd., 917-275-6975, register at Schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com


FEB. 21

Bring the kids to the Queens Botanical Garden for a workshop that celebrates the contributions of botanist George Washington Carver. Participants paint and plants and make their own healing lotion. 1-2:30 p.m., $6; 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 718-886-3800, registration required at qbgfebruary.eventbrite.com


FEB. 22

Brooklyn's BRIC Arts Media House is hosting DJ competition Battle in Brooklyn, a night of music from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC's Bigs United group. Local artists will go head to head while promoting the local mentorship program. Try your hand at the turntables yourself, with free DJ lessons available to guests. Complimentary food and drinks will be available. 7-9:30 p.m., FREE; 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 212-686-2042, ext. 112, bigsnyc.com


FEB. 25

Hop on the Green-Wood Cemetery’s trolley and learn about prominent black New Yorkers and abolitionists buried in the Brooklyn cemetery during the tour Black in 19th-Century Brooklyn. The event also includes a stop at Weeksville Heritage Center to see the permanent exhibition, “Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit of Freedom.”11 a.m.-3 p.m., $40, $35 members, reservations required; 500 25th St., Greenwood Heights, 718-210-3080, green-wood.com

On the Black History Month tour of the landmarked Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, learn about the slaves who lived in the mansion, as well as African Americans who lived in the surrounding Jumel Terrace Historic District in Washington Heights. 2-3:30 p.m., $15, $10 members and students; 65 Jumel Terrace, 212-923-8008, morrisjumel.org

At the Harlem Chamber Players’ annual Black History Month Celebration, hosted by Eric K. Washington, hear Florence Price’s “5 Folksongs in Counterpoint,” Carlos Oliver Simon Jr.’s “An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave” (which is being dedicated to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Alton Sterling) and more. 4 p.m., $20, $15 seniors and students (save $5 in advance); St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., 212-866-1492, harlemchamberplayers.org



The Brooklyn Historical Society’s long-term exhibition “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom” examines Brooklyn’s role in the anti-slavery movement through photographs, census records, maps, newspapers and more from the end of the American Revolution to the Reconstruction. Ongoing, closed Mondays and Tuesdays; $10 adults, $6 teachers and seniors, FREE students and children under 12; 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111, brooklynhistory.org

The Paley Center for Media in New York honors Black History Month with “African-American Achievements in Television,” in which historic TV moments from “Soul Train,” “Roots,” “In Living Color,” “Scandal” and more will be screened with film introductions from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels and other celebs. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, noon-6 p.m., FREE; 25 W. 52nd St., 212-621-6800, paleycenter.org