Four Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in New York City

Check out these four ways you can celebrate Black History Month in New York City.

February 01, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

This Black History Month, take time to celebrate the individuals and events that have transformed history with these events and activities happening all around the city.

Get to Know Black History in New York City Parks

Learn more about how African-American history is built into the very fabric of the city. Be sure to visit the Black History in NYC Parks page for information on parks and playgrounds named for celebrated African-American men and women; park sculptures honoring African-American heroes; photo slideshows; and more.

In addition, visit the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Black History Month page for details on free or low-cost events, workshops, exhibits, and more happening this month.

Take the Kids to the George Washington Carver Workshop at Queens Botanical Garden

Dr. George Washington Carver was an inventor and botanist, best known for his innovations with farming and the work he did with the Tuskegee Institute and Booker T. Washington.

Bring the kids to this fun workshop at the Queens Botanical Garden on Tuesday, February 21, 1pm–2:30pm, where they can learn more about the great works of Dr. Carver. Plus, they’ll get the chance to use plants to paint and to create a lotion that they can take home.

Visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum

Did you know that one of the world’s most famous jazz legends, Louis Armstrong (nicknamed “Satchmo”), lived in Corona, Queens? You can catch a glimpse of his historic house, much of it still exactly as it was when Armstrong lived there, by visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Tours of the house include audio clips from Armstrong’s homemade recordings and an exhibit with the jazz legend’s gold-plated trumpet, manuscripts, photos, and much more.

Apollo Theater in Harlem
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Explore The Apollo Theater Open House

The Apollo Theater stands as a vanguard of African-American culture and history. Once a year during Black History Month, it opens its doors for a day of free activities.

In 2017, Open House is February 4. The festivities include performances, a workshop, and film screenings. For more information on these events, and to register, please visit the Apollo Theater Open House page.

Are you a parent, teacher, or mentor and want to help your child better understand and celebrate Black History Month? Try these lesson plans and resources for children in grades K-12 from The National Education Association.


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“Black History Month,” NYC Parks. Accessed January 11, 2017.

Louis Armstrong House Museum. Accessed January 11, 2017.

“Open House Weekend,” The Apollo Theater. Accessed January 11, 2017.

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