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Black History Month in NYC: Where to learn, celebrate, eat and more

February is Black History Month. There are countless ways to celebrate in New York City.

Here are some events happening over the next several weeks, from live music to talks about politics and race to a special meal by a celebrity chef.


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"Hotter Than That: 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five"
The Louis Armstrong House Museum's latest exploration of the life of the jazz legend focuses on the recordings he made with his group, Hot Five. Original recordings, photographs, advertisements, articles and more are on display. Now through Oct. 16, closed Mondays, $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, FREE for children 4 and under; 34-56 107th St., Corona, 718-478-8274,

"America: The Legacy of African American Public Service"   
Through drawings, quilts and more works, artists celebrate American Americans in public service, from government officials like President Barack Obama to activists to significant members of the public. Now until Feb. 26, FREE; Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, 212-360-8163, 

"Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom"
Learn about Brooklyn's place in the anti-slavery movement through the Brooklyn Historical Society's long-term exhibit, which features photographs, census records, maps, newspapers and more from the end of the American Revolution to the Reconstruction. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, $10 adults, $6 teachers and seniors, FREE students and children under 12; 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111,


Black History Month Docent Tour Enjoy a special
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Black History Month Docent Tour

Enjoy a special guided tour Morris-Jumel Mansion focusing, on the African Americans who lived in the house and the surrounding neighborhood. Feb. 6, noon-1 p.m., $12 adults, $9 students and seniors; Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace, 212-923-8008,

Pierre Toussaint's New York

Follow the life of the famous 18th-century philanthropist Pierre Toussaint in this lower Manhattan tour with the Municipal Art Society, which finishes at his burial site at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral. Feb. 13, 11 p.m., $30/$20 members; meeting location provided after ticket purchase, 212-935-3960,

Green-Wood Black History Month tour

Green-Wood Cemetery is honoring Black History Month with a trolley tour that visits monuments of significant black New Yorkers, from free slaves who worked as abolitionists to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to the first female black doctor in New York, Susan Smith McKinney Steward. Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m., $20/$15 Green-Wood and Brooklyn Historical Society members; 500 25th St., Sunset Park, 718-210-3080,

Birthplace of Hip Hop Tour

See the sights of some of hip-hop's most significant locations, from midtown to Harlem to the Bronx, with this bus tour. Hosts include hip-hop legends like Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Raheim (Furious Five) and Reggie Reg (Crash Crew), and participants will have the chance to hear their stories and get photos and autographs. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $75; 212-714-3544,


Why New York? Slavery on Long Island Long
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Why New York? Slavery on Long Island

Long Island was once an area of prevalent slavery. Learn about the surprising history at the Brooklyn Historical Society with a discussion between historian Prithi Kanakamedala, the curator of the society's current exhibition, "Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom," and Brooklyn College professor Lynda Day, moderated by Jennifer Anderson of Stony Brook University. Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5, free for members; 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111,

Black Deutschland: Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith

Authors Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith discuss the former's latest work, "Black Deutschland," which follows the life of a young gay black man who flees Chicago in the 1980s to his dream city: Berlin. Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m., FREE; NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, 917-275-6975,

Between the Lines: Michael Eric Dyson

Author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson discusses his book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America," a compelling look at the meaning of America's first black president and black presidency, with MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid, followed by a book signing. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., FREE; NYPL's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, 917-275-6975,


Target First Saturdays: Radical Black History The Brooklyn
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Target First Saturdays: Radical Black History

The Brooklyn Museum dedicates its February Target First Saturday to Black History Month. Enjoy live musical events throughout the evening, including acts from Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen; Latasha Alcindor, aka L.A., with DJ Afro Panther and NonVisuals; and singer Charles Perry. Throughout the evening, there will also be monologue performances, gallery discussions, a book signing by Andrea Pippins, author of the adult coloring book "I Love My Hair," and a screening and discussion of the documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." Feb. 6, 5-11 p.m., FREE; 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, 718-638-5000,

Kick-Off Amateur Night at the Apollo
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater is back at the Harlem institution for a new season of aspiring talent - and the audience who decides if the performer will "be good or be gone." Comedian Capone hosts, with special guest artist Chrisette Michele. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., $15-$35; 253 W. 125th St., 212-531-5305,

The Harlem Chamber Players
The eighth annual Black History Month celebration, hosted by journalist and author Eric K. Washington, features music by Chevalier de St. George, John Carter, Nkeiru Okoye and Barber. Performers include soprano Janinah Burnett of the Metropolitan Opera. Feb. 27, 4 p.m., adults $15 in advance/ $20 at the door, seniors and students $10 in advance/$15 at the door; St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., 212-866-1492,


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"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
Join a preview screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" by Stanley Nelson, which tells the story of the political party during the 1960s, before the documentary premieres on PBS on Feb. 16. A discussion with Brittany Williams of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice and former Black Panthers will follow. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m.; FREE; St. Mary's Recreation Center in St. Mary's Park, St. Ann's Avenue and 145th Street, Bronx, 718-402-5155, RSVP at

Watch the award-winning film, which depicts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers' epic 1965 walk from Selma to Montgomery in the fight against racial discrimination and for suffrage. Feb. 23, noon-2 p.m., FREE; 203 W. 115th St., 212-666-9393,


Hands on History: Collage Homage At this family-friendly
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Hands on History: Collage Homage

At this family-friendly activity at the King Manor Museum, discover early African-American painters while recreating art from the 19th century into a contemporary collage. The event also includes a free tour of the museum. Feb. 6, 1-4 p.m., FREE; King Park, Jamaica, 718-206-0545,

Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2016 Edition
Learn how to edit Wikipedia and expand the website's pages on black culture and history with this Schomburg Center and AfroCROWD initiative, part of the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. Bring your own laptop if possible. Feb. 6, noon-5 p.m., FREE; 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, 212-491-2218,

George Washington Carver workshop

Head to the Queens Botanical Garden and learn about the famed botanist, then use plants to paint and create a healing lotion, at this hands-on workshop geared toward children ages 5 to 12. Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m., $6 per child; 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 718-886-3800,


Red Rooster prix fixe Indulge in a five-course
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Red Rooster prix fixe
Indulge in a five-course dinner by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. Each dish is inspired by black female chefs, from macarons by Adrienne Cheatham, Red Rooster's chef de cuisine, to broiled oysters by the late Edna Lewis, who was the recipient of the first-ever James Beard Living Legend Award in 1995. Throughout February, $62 per person; 310 Lenox Ave., 212-792-9001,


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