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February Best Bets: Black History Month Events in Brooklyn

2011-Music, Films,Lectures & Celebrations of African American,Caribbean Heritage

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Black History Month in Brooklyn

Every year, Black History Month in Brooklyn offers a wealth of music, film, lectures, storytelling, shows, celebrations and discovery of African American and Caribbean American heritage.

In 2012, Black History Month promises to be especially rich, given that this is an election year in which the nation's first black president, President Obama, is running for a second term in the November elections. Further, having Michelle Obama and Barack Obama in the White House has been a historic step.

Here are Black History Month or African American History Month activities that Brooklyn residents, tourists, and visitors shouldn't miss:

1. 13 INTERESTING THINGS TO DO for BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ART, MOVIES, IDEAS, TALKS

Get the complete calendar of over a dozen interesting film screenings, talks, lectures and exhibits in Brooklyn during African American History Month. For instance, you can hear Cornel West and journalist/commentator Toure, hear Colson Whitehead discuss his new novel, go to a Black Public Media film screening or two, participate in a discussion with Meredith Monk, and much more.

Also see the important Brooklyn Museum event on February 4: "Black Males Defying Stereotypes" at Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday event, free to the public.

When & Where: Throughout February, throughout Brooklyn (See listings of interesting adult programs).

2. Brooklyn Museum of Art "Question Bridge" - Videos on Today's African American Male

Check out this very interesting video installation about the contemporary African American male. It's smart, thoughtful, provocative.

When & Where Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. Through June 3, 2012

3. Family Friendly Programs for Children

Find out about the various programs, at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library branches, the Brooklyn Central Library and other venues with special Black History Month programming for kids.

When & Where: See the kids' activity calendar here.

4. FREE CONCERTS at BAM and the Brooklyn Central Library

Attend a series of terrific musical events, both at centrally located Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene, and at the main library at Grand Army Plaza. See the free concert calendar here.

5. VIST WEEKSVILLE

This uniquely Brooklyn institution preserves the history of a 19th community of free African Americans from the era before the Civil War.

When & Where: Call for hours. Weeksville Heritage Center (Crown Heights)

6. ART SHOW AT HISTORIC RESTORATION PLAZA

Don't miss the photography exhibit Women Writers of the African Diaspora. It is being shown at the 2,000-square foot Skylight Gallery in historic Restoration Plaza, itself an iconic site of the 1960s and 1970s civil rights movement.

When & Where: Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. CAC Skylight Gallery 1368 Fulton Street, Restoration Plaza, Third Floor, Bedford Stuyvesant.

7.FREE AUTHOR TALKS, FILMS, DISCUSSIONS AT CENTRAL LBIRARY

About eighteen different events are scheduled at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, including author talks, films, family concert series, life improvement seminars, and more. See the calendar of events.

8. MONTH LONG BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS at MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE.Check out this amazing list of special films, talks, performances, discussions. Open to public and free.

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