Black History Month Festivals & Celebrations

January 24, 2023 Desiree Homer

It’s almost February and Black History Month. Rooted in historical relevance and representative of the birthdays of two prominent figures in Black History, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, it’s a month-long commemoration that also brings with it celebrations and tributes to Black Culture. If you’re in New York City, there are a host of things going on and events to celebrate! 

The Theme for This Year’s Black History Month

For 2023, Black History Month’s theme is “Black Resistance.” This theme intends to explore how African Americans have resisted both historic and present-day oppression. You can learn more about Black History Month, including its origins and facts, here

Black History Month Celebrations in NYC

There won’t be a shortage of festivals, music, and celebrations happening in and around New York City to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month. Here are a few to consider adding to your things to do all February long:

  • 15th Annual Black History Month Celebration - Harlem Chamber Players
  • Black History Month Concert at the Brooklyn Public Library
  • Hands-On History: Supreme Black History - King Manor Museum
  • Black History Month Game Jam
  • NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s Black History Month Mixer
  • Englewood Public Library’s 6th Black History Month Film Series
  • The Rock and Roll Playhouse plays the Music of Aretha Franklin for Kids
  • New York Stock Exchange’s Hidden Black History of NYC: Lower Manhattan
  • St. Agnes Library’s Saturday Afternoon Movies: Black History Month
  • Westbury High School’s Black History Month Celebration
  • Black History Month Edition of the best Real Estate & Entrepreneurs Network
  • Bronx Library Center’s Journaling: Reflecting on Black History
  • The Garden City Hotel’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Black History Month Commemorative Awards Luncheon
  • Queens Underground International Black History Month Film Festival
  • Bogart House’s The Black Party - The Day Party Edition
  • Harlem Fine Arts Show New York 15th Anniversary Celebration
  • Sedalia To Harlem - Celebration of Black History Through Song
  • Black Wine & Whiskey Tasting at Fêtes de Fleur

Other Ways to Support Black History Month

Even if you’re not able to get to all of these events or special celebrations, there are plenty of ways to show your support for Black History Month this year. 

  • Support and conduct business with Black-Owned companies.
  • Donate to charities that support equity, equality, and anti-racism.
  • Read and share Black-authored books.
  • Learn about the contributions of important Black figures.

Start booking your calendar for some of these New York City events celebrating and commemorating Black History Month. And if you’re planning any events, including corporate meetings, product launches, industry conferences, or holiday-related celebrations, trust the pros at EMRG Media to handle every detail!

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