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Honor Black History Month 2021

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

Honor Black History Month the Harlem Way

Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X Each year, the Schomburg Centers celebrates the life of Malcolm X during Black History Month – coinciding with the anniversary of his assassination on February 21, 1965. Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Register here.

Between the World & Me Watch the Apollo documentary on HBO Max and Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (initially premiered at the Apollo). Between The World And Me is a culture-defining television special that combines elements of the Apollo Theater’s 2018 production, including powerful readings from Ta-Neshi Coates’ book, documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation. Learn more here.

Support the Arts Virtually visit Harlem’s arts & cultural institutions + donate if you can, they’ve been closed for nearly a year and support the work of artists.  Among our favorites:

Uptown Exhibition at Wallach Gallery  The Uptown Triennial 2020 exhibition, the second iteration in the series, presents the work of contemporary artists in dialogue with the Harlem Renaissance, a defining moment in American modernism and African-American cultural history, during its centennial year. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University Save to calendar here before it ends 2/28.

“Freedom Summer” Cynthia Robinson’s “Freedom Summer”  – August 4, 1964.  Nora starts a new life “passing” as a white woman while her sister, Carrie, travels to the Deep South to register Blacks to vote. The bodies of three civil rights workers have just been found in Mississippi, leading the sisters to question the price of civil rights, Black identity, and what it means to be Free. Ends 2/28. Purchase tickets here.

Follow #HarlemisBlackHistory to learn about the artists past and present who through their art – words, paintbrushes and music have documented Black Culture.

View our Guide to Black Harlem to support Black businesses & learn more about the rich history of our home. Here’s your guide to taste, hear, see, shop and EXPERIENCE Harlem.

Experience Harlem has always celebrated and highlighted black-owned businesses. Like, love, & share this listing with your fellow Harlemites.


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