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Black History Month Events in Westchester

Black History Month Events in Westchester

February is Black History Month, which offers many great learning moments to teach your kids about African-American history, culture, and art. In Westchester, there are tons of events, talks, and exhibits to help amplify the impact and stories of Black Americans as well as expand your kids’ minds. Read on for our list of some Black History Month events and resources in the area.

Monday, January 23rd-Tuesday, February 28th
2023 Black History StoryWalk in the Gallery

Enjoy a Black History StoryWalk at the White Plains Library where kids can listen to “Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter” by Dianne Ochiltree & Kathleen Kemly. Free. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601.

Check out the Black History Month Exhibit “Fulfilling the Vision” at The Bethany Arts Center with your family.
Check out the Black History Month Exhibit “Fulfilling the Vision” at The Bethany Arts Community with your family.

January 28th-March 3rd
Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturdays (February 4, 11, 18, 25) 10:00am-3:00pm
Black History Month Exhibit “Fulfilling the Vision” 

Visit the Bethany Arts Community as a family to see their annual Black History Month exhibition curated by Ossining Village Historian, Joyce Sharrock Cole. “Fulfilling the Vision” highlights steps taken by Black visionaries in Westchester who worked to uplift the Black race in the area and beyond. This includes oral history, genealogical research, and special programming such as concerts, talks, curator tours, and living museum actors, and more. Free. Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY.

The Sustaining Presence, Online Exhibition from The Clay Arts Center.
The Sustaining Presence, Online Exhibition from The Clay Arts Center.

Wednesday, February 1st-Wednesday, March 10th from 10:00am-5:00pm
The Sustaining Presence, Online Exhibition

Learn about Black artists and their work in music, dance, theatre, literature and the visual arts. This includes participating artists such as Earline Green, Winnie Owens Hart, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Sana Musasama, Bobby Scroggins, Kevin Snipes, and Lydia Thompson. Additionally, curator Syd Carpenter will give a Virtual Artist Talk In Conversation: The Sustaining Presence on Wednesday, February 8th from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Register here to attend.

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Black History Month Exhibit “Fulfilling the Vision” Curator Walk + Talk

Attend Bethany Art Community’s Black History Month Exhibit with your family. Held over the course of four Wednesdays, this event includes a guided tour of Bethany Art Community’s exhibit with its curator, Joyce Sherrock Cole. $10 per student and $25 per adult. Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY

Black History Month Black Health Forum
Attend the Black History Month Black Health Forum in Mount Vernon.

Saturday, February 4th from 11:00am-4:00pm
Black History Month Black Health Forum

Join VitaHealth Nutrition and PlantBasePower.org, a 501c3 organization, for their first Black History Month Black Health Forum. At the forum, families will learn more about the importance of physical and mental health preservation in communities of color. This will include access to informational booths, panels, networking, books, and healthy food. Topics at the forum include: men’s health, women’s health, and family/mental health. Free. Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 South 1st Avenue Mount Vernon, NY 10550.

Saturday, February 4th from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Bokandeye African Dance Workshop

Enjoy a six-week African Dance workshop where kids will learn traditional West African dance movements. The workshop ends in a final performance. The workshop is designed for children, teens and adults. Register online or call 914-813-3706. New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801.

Attend the Black History Month Celebration with Westchester County Government.
Attend the Black History Month Celebration with Westchester County Government.

Monday, February 6th at 5:30pm
Black History Month Celebration

Celebrate Black History Month with Westchester County Government. RSVP at [email protected] to attend. Michaelian Office Building, 9th Floor, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.

Saturday, February 11th from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Celebrate Black History Month with AJ Woodson

Join AJ Woodson, Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester Magazine and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, for a discussion of his book, “Celebrating the Achievements of African American Women in Westchester.” Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Black History Month
Create and craft as a part of the Family Art Workshop at the Hudson River Museum.

Saturday, February 11–26, 1–4pm
Family Art Workshop: Shining Legends

Visit the Hudson River Museum for an afternoon of family crafting. Families will be given printed images of Black historical figures, decorative paper, and glue so you and your kids can create your own shining “vintage” postcard! Free with general admission. Recommended for ages 5+. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Saturday, February 19th from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Author Program (Black History Month)

Visit the Ossining Public Library to learn more about Black filmmakers. This include an interview with author Joyce Markovics and NYU film professor and filmmaker, Alrick Brown who will be discussing their “Groundbreakers: Black Movie Makers” children’s book series. Free. Registration is not required. Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

Saturday, February 25th at 3:00pm
Black History Month Speaker Event: Jim Coleman

The North Salem Republican Town Committee hosting a Black History Month Event at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library with speaker Jim Coleman. The event is for all ages and will include Jim’s family’s history of slavery, freedom, a mother’s love, and economic empowerment. Free. RSVP at [email protected] Ruth Keeler, Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560.

Saturday, February 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm
Fun Bunch Line Dance Presents The Art of Line Dance: Sounds of the Drum – From the Motherland to the House

Enjoy a dance workshop focused on drum-based songs with sounds from the African Diaspora.  Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY.

Saturday, February 25th from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Author A’Lelia Bundles Discusses Madam CJ Walker

Enjoy an interview with author and brand historian, A’Lelia Bundles about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother, Madam CJ Walker. She was the inspiration behind “Self Made,” a Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer. The interview will be hosted in person at the Ossining Public Library and via Zoom. Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.

Take a free African Dance Workshop with Gladys Lowe
Take a free African Dance Workshop with Gladys Lowe

Sunday, February 26th from 11:00am-12:00pm
African Dance Workshop with Gladys Lowe

Enjoy a free 60-minute African dance workshop. Accompanied by live drummers, the workshop includes a warm-up, learning of the steps, and solo improvisation. Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY.

 

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