Things to Do Black History Month: Celebrate in NYC with tours, talks and more Head to these tours, performances and more throughout the month of February. Samira Wiley of "The Handmaid's Tale" will perform "The Drum Major Instinct," the final sermon Martin Luther King Jr. gave 50 years ago on Feb. 4. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez By Nalea J. Ko email@example.com Updated February 1, 2018 12:28 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Here are music, art exhibits, talks and more events going on during the month of February throughout NYC to celebrate Black History Month. FEB 1 African-Americans in TV recommended reading MLK’s experiences in NYC on display in new exhibit Many photos of the civil rights icon have never been seen together, according to the exhibit’s curators. This interactive exhibit at the Paley Center shines the spotlight on “African-American Achievements in Television.” Runs through February; free, Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St., Manhattan, paleycenter.org FEB. 2 Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film From Blade to Foxy Brown, black superheroes have rocked the big screen for decades. Explore the history of black heroism in this series, which features 28 films. Continues until Feb. 18. Various times and dates; $15; BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, bam.org FEB. 3 Target First Saturday Celebrate artists and activists from the African diaspora at the Brooklyn Museum. This event features poetry readings, musical performances, a screening of “Whose Streets?” and a talk with the curator of “One Basquiat.” 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free; Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, brooklynmuseum.org FEB. 4 recommended reading Basquiat's $110.5M 'Untitled' on display at Brooklyn Museum Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting “Untitled” was sold for $110.5 million in 2017. The Drum Major Instinct At the Brooklyn Public Library, actress Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will perform “The Drum Major Instinct,” the final sermon Martin Luther King Jr. gave 50 years ago. Seating is limited, so register beforehand. Sun., 2-4 p.m., free; Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, bklynlibrary.org FEB. 10 Black Gotham Experience recommended reading Why ‘Black Panther’ is not your everyday superhero movie The superhero movie has generated excitement because of its inspirational main character and message of empowerment. Learn about the early African-American communities that settled in New Amsterdam, Weeksville and Seneca Village at this free all-day event at the Museum of the City of New York. There will also be a panel discussion, a community fair and a scavenger hunt. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free; Museum of the City of New York, 220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, mcny.org FEB. 12 Book talk with Cheryl Wills Head to the Brooklyn Historical Society to hear from author Cheryl Wills, who tells the tale of how her great-great-great-grandfather escaped slavery. 6:30 p.m., $10-$12; Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, brooklynhistory.org FEB. 13 Harlem Renaissance exhibit Get a peek inside the New York Public Library’s archival collection on Alain L. Locke, the architect of the Harlem Renaissance at this Q&A session with the collection’s curators. 1 p.m., free; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, nypl.org ON-GOING ‘King in New York’ See images of MLK’s civil rights work in New York from the 1950s to 1968 at this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Daily through June 1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, mcny.org Sculptures honoring legends From Duke Ellington in Central Park to Harriet Tubman in Manhattan, visit all of the statues in New York parks that are dedicated to trailblazing African-Americans. 24/7, free; various locations, nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/monuments/black-history-month By Nalea J. Ko firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.